CAO Gui-fen was born on June 1938 in Henan province and passed away of illness on May 28, 2019 in Zhengzhou Henan province. Her ancestral home was in Dengzhou, Henan province. She was the daughter of the renowned zheng artist CAO Dong-fu of the Henan school. She learned the zheng, Henan Da Diao and Qupai from her father. When she was sixteen, she joined the Qu Theater of Kaifeng as a member of its orchestra and later transferred to the Beijing Opera Theater of Kaifeng. In 1978, she was transferred to the Qu Theater of Henan Province. When she was twenty five, she was selected to participate in the 1st Session of the National Recital and Solo Concert. Her performance was high level and well received.