The performer is Yu Hongmei who was born in 1971 in Shandong, China. Yu Hongmei learned to play erhu from Master Su Anguo at the age of eight. She graduated in 1994 with honors and in the same year, she won Excellent Prize in the International Erhu Competition held in Taipei. She was also awarded First Prize in the First Ethnic Music Competition at the Central Music Academy the same year. Often invited to play overseas, Yu Hongmei is widely acclaimed and applauded.