A native of Zhuji in Zhejiang, He Zhan Hao was born in 1933. He played in the orchestra of the Zhejiang Yueju Opera Troupe, later entering the Shanghai Conservatory of Music as a violin student. Together with several classmates, he formed a violin experimental group. The Butterfly Lovers emerged as a creative product of the group’s musical experiments. After graduation, he transferred to the Composition Department to study under Ding Shan De. His other major works include the string quartet Martyr’s Diary and the symphonic poem Longhua Pagoda.