In 1960, pipa performer, YANG Wei was born in Shanghai. He started to learn the pipa since his childhood. When 18 years old, he was admitted the Shanghai Traditional Orchestra to be a pipa player. In 1980, he attended the national pipa competition and won a third prize award. In 1982, he participated in the national instrumental music solo emulation performance, won the outstanding performance prize award. In 1985, he participated in the Shanghai Young Actors Performance, and won the outstanding prize award. In the mid 90’s, he migrated to San Francisco, devoted himself to the teaching and the performance activities.