Gu Jianfen, female, Han nationality, was born in Osaka, Japan in 1935. Her ancestral home is in Weihai, Shandong Province. Gu graduated from the Composition Department of Northeast Music School in 1955.
Gu is a musician who has served as a composer at Central Song and Dance Ensemble. She has been a council member for several international organizations, including the China International Cultural Exchange Center, Association for Promoting Peaceful Reunification of China, and Beijing Municipal Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. In 1984, she established the Gu Jianfen Vocal Music Training Center.
Gu has been recognized by several organizations for her compositions. She won an Excellent Work Award of Asian & Pacific Region, sponsored by UNESCO. Another music piece, "The Affection of Green Leaves to the Roots," won a Yugoslavian International Pop Music Contest Prize.
In 1982, she joined the Zhi Gong Party. She became a member of the 9th and 10th Central Committees of the Zhi Gong Party.
She was elected vice-president of the Chinese Musicians Association in 1999.