KANG Ou was born in Changting, Fujian in 1914. He was a theory and composition major in the music department at Shanghai Arts College. He moved to Taiwan with his family in 1949. He was a pioneer in Taiwan’s early music scene, devoting his life to music education. Kang wrote numerous books on music, and he was the main editor of the “Mainland China Music Dictionary.” He also had his own unique compositional style. He was not fond of excessively decadent music because he believed that aside from serving as entertainment, music should be used to educate people. Kang tried to make music approachable and easily accessible to all people. He died in Canada in 2005.