DU Hei was born in Chengdu, Sichuan in 1944. He returned to Taiwan in 1981, after earning a master’s in choral conducting from Illinois University and becaming a doctoral student. In 1983, Du became principal conductor for the Taipei Philharmonic Choir. He established the Taipei Philharmonic Choir Culture and Education Foundation in 1988. Du has spared no efforts in promoting choral music in Taiwan, international exchanges and training talented musicians in Taiwan. He is currently president of the Taipei Philharmonic Choir Culture and Education Foundation, and artistic director of the Taipei Philharmonic Choir, the Chamber Choir, the Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonic Theater Factory and Opera Arts, as well as a recipient of the first National Award for Arts.