Robert Zollitsch (born in 1966 in Munich, Germany) is a composer and music producer. He has established himself as a popular composer for Chinese instrumental and vocal music in China, where he is known as Lao Luo (Chinese: 老锣; pinyin: Lǎo Luó, literally “Old Ro/Gong“.Zollitsch has been producing and working with Chinese musicians and singers, such as Gong Linna, Urna, Du Cong, Qiu Ji, Luo Yan. His music for traditional Chinese instruments uses western harmonies and fuses together elements from different cultures,
Zollitsch grew up with the folk music from his home region, learning the Bavarian zither since a young age. From 1986 to 1990, he studied music theory and graduated from the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin. In 1993, he was awarded a scholarship to study Chinese traditional music and the qin, Chinese zither, in Shanghai. Since 2003, Robert Zollitsch has lived in Beijing, China. He has written and produced, under his own label, KuKu Music, over a dozen recordings of contemporary Chinese art music, all of which have caused a sensation in Europe, Taiwan and Southeast Asia. In February 2011, during the celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year, his new work “Tan Te” (Perturbed) sung by his wife Gong Linna was an instant hit throughout China through the hundreds of thousands of viewing on the internet.