XU Jiang-de was born in October 1938 in Beijing, Hebei province and her ancestral home was in Haining, Zhejiang province. In 1950, she joined the Song and Dance Troupe of the Chinese Volunteers Army and went to North Korea to proclaim their cultural work. In 1953, she came back to China and was transferred to the Song and Dance Troupe of the Military Force of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army as professional erhu performer. In 1961, she was selected to participate in the Recital, Solo and Single Dance Show of the entire armed forces joint performance. She has premiered Chen-geng and TANG He’s new works The Soldier and the Common People and The Happy Competition. In 1964, she was selected to premiere WANG Zhu-lin’s Ode to the Liberation Army and A Hometown Melody in the 3rd Joint Performances of the Entire Armed Forces and awarded the outstanding performance prize. In 1974, she was appointed by the Ministry of Culture to join the Sound and Video Recording Group to research for the imitation of Beijing Operatic Songs by instrumental music. In 1981, she was the routine committee of the newly set up Beijing Erhu Research Association.