MA Xiao-hui was born in 1965 in Tangshan, Hebei province. Since her childhood she has been very interested in music. At the age of six, she started to learn the erhu under her father. When she was thirteen she was admitted to the affiliated secondary school of the Shanghai Conservatory, studying under the erhu teacher Professor WANG Yi. In 1983 she was admitted to the Shanghai Conservatory, having been ranked first for playing instruments of the erhu family. In 1987 she represented the Shanghai Conservatory to take part in the National Guangdong Music Competition and won the first class award. In the same year she was also awarded in the 1st Worldwide Jiangnan Music Competition. In 1987 she graduated with excellent merits and immediately joined the Shanghai Traditional Orchestra. She is now the leader of erhu and the soloist of the orchestra. Her performing style is comprehensive and flexible. She has held over 20 recitals and academic seminars inside and outside China, and frequently performs together with famous orchestras and conductor worldwide.