Guoping Jia was born in 1963 in Shanxi, (China). He completed studies in music from 1980 to 1984 at the Shanxi-Jin Opera Academy in Taiyuan. From 1984 to 1987 he was Director of the Music Department at the Culture House in Luliang, then he studied composition at the Central Music Academy in Beijing (1987-91), where he was Lecturer in Harmony and Composition starting in September 1991.
Jia was from 1994 to 1998 a recipient of a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) stipend, studying composition at the State Academy of Music and the Performing Arts in Stuttgart with Helmut Lachenmann, from which location he participated at the 1996 Darmstadt Holiday Courses. Since 1998 he has been Professor of Composition and Analysis of New Music at the Central Music Academy in Beijing.