GU Xin-shan was born in 1927 in Jinzhou, Dalian and passed away at the age of sixty-five in 1992. He was born in a family keen of wind and percussion music. At the age of eight, he learned the suona under his father. He took wind and percussion music as his career when he was ten and became the principal of an ensemble at eighteen. In 1951, he was appointed to the Song and Dance Troupe of Dalian as suona and shuangguan performer. Later on, he arranged the solo piece of shangguan the River Water together with WANG Shi-lu, ZHU Guang-qing and ZHU Chang-an. He performed this piece in the 1st Music Fair of Guangzhou and became famous and had it be recorded to a gramophone record. This piece was then be used in the great show “East is Red” (epic poem in music and dance) and was then adapted to an erhu solo piece. He always went abroad with his troupe for performances and participated in domestic shows like Shenyang Music Week, Changchun Music Week, Harbin Summer Music Week and Music Fair of Guangzhou. His performance has a deep foundation on basic skills. His performing album included River Water, Four Seasons, Sngle Bird, Liu Fan, etc.