SICONG MA (1912 - 1987)
The Chinese composer Ma Sicong, often known abroad as Ma Sitzon, studied the violin in France in the 1920s and later returned there to study composition. He held various positions of importance in China after 1949, and moved to the United States following the Cultural Revolution.
Ma’s many compositions include works for violin, drawing, as always, on elements of Chinese folk material. His Second Symphony reflects the struggle of the Red Army.