XU Yang was born in Nanjing, Jiangsu province. She learned the pipa and ruan since she was ten years old. In 1976, she was admitted to the Opera and Drama School of Henan Province. In 1981, she graduated from the school and became a teacher in alma mater. In 1983, she was transferred to the Song and Dance Troupe of Henan Province as a soloist. She has studied the ruan under PANG Yu-zhang, LIN Ji-liang and NING Yong. In 1985, she was admitted to the Xi’an Conservatory. In 1989, she graduated from the conservatory and became a teacher in alma mater. In 1998, she was transferred to the Central Conservatory as a lecturer. She is now also a guest lecturer of the Malaysia Arts Academy, a member of the Chinese Traditional Orchestral Academy, a member of the Chinese Musicians’ Association, Shaanxi Branch. She was always won prizes in various competitions in China.