LUI Pui-yuen was born in 1933 in Kunshan, Jiangsu Province. His ancestral home was in Wu County, Jiangsu Province. He was first trained in the ancient repertoire of pipa under XIAO Yun-ge and XIA Bao-chen in Shanghai. After resettling in Hong Kong, he studied the qin under WU Zong-han. He is known for his virtuosity not only in pipa and qin, but also in many other kinds of Chinese traditional instruments. In 1973, he settled in United States. Since then, he has been teaching in many music institutions there. He has also given highly acclaimed concerts in many cities in North America and Asia.