QU Yun was born in May 1946 in Xi’an, Shanxi province and her ancestral home was in Pingdu, Shandong province. In 1959, she was admitted to the affiliated middle school of Xi’an Conservatory learning the zheng and pipa from GAO Zi-cheng and ZHOU Yan-jia. In 1970, she graduated from the conservatory and was appointed to the Folk Art Troupe of Shanxi for sixteen years. During these years, she was given valuable guidance from the well-known scholars CAO Zheng and LI Shi-gen. These combined laid the solid foundation to her later performance, composing and theoretical research. Now QU Yun is working as a professional zheng soloist, teacher and doing the teaching and researching work of traditional music. She published a series of valuable thesis concerning the position of zheng in Xi’an ancient music, the detailed discussion of the music score, etc. She is a professor of the Art College of Shanxi and has various tiles of zheng societies and musicians’ associations of big cities and provinces.