Xu Wenjing started learning erhu at the age of five and gained admission into the Affiliated High School of Tianjin Conservatory of Music and the Central Conservatory of Music. She received tutelage by many renowned erhu masters including Li Mingfang, Ji Guizhen, Wong Guoyong, Zhao Hanyang, Zhang Shao and Zhang Yuming. Xu Wenjing also went on to win many major international and national awards. Upon her graduation, she joined the China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra as an erhu performer, playing in many countries together with the orchestra. At the same time, she was also appointed as a tutor at the Central Conservatory of Music, with her students achieving remarkable results.
Since migrating to Singapore in 1997, Xu Wenjing has been an erhu musician performing with the SCO. Her performances of classical Chinese repertoire such as Story of the River, Red Plum Capriccio, Heavenly Matched, The Parting of the Newly-Weds have received extremely positive reviews from audiences and critics. In 2005, she performed as a soloist in an SCO concert as part of the Singapore Season in London. Her execution of memorable passages in Tan Dun’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon won critical acclaim in local and overseas media. The same year, she represented the SCO, performing at concerts in Washington, D.C. In 2008, Xu Wen Jing was invited to perform the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon at the Esplanade Concert Hall with the Singapore Arts Festival Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of the composer, Tan Dun, and received well acclaim.
Xu Wenjing is known for her pure and clear tone on the erhu and her ability to evoke deep and poignant emotions with her playing. A critic once described of her: “otherworldy and beautifully smoky, Xu’s tone elucidates; her innate and sincere femininity extends from the deep to her fingertips, riding on wondrous notes.”