Renowned erhu soloist Betti Xiang has performed in distinguished venues all over the United States, where she has lived since 1996.
Xiang was born in Shanghai, China, where her father, renowned erhu master Xiang Zuying, introduced her to the instrument. She debuted as an erhu soloist in 1981 with the Shanghai National Orchestra, with which she traveled worldwide and presented the premieres of numerous well-known Chinese composers. In 1986, she received the coveted Young Artists Award for outstanding solo artist in both Shanghai and Beijing. In 2005, Xiang was the guest artist at the inauguration of Chicago's Millennium Park, when she performed the erhu concerto, Crouching Tiger, by composer Tan Dun.She began performing with the Silk Road Ensemble in 2006.
During her career, Xiang's extraordinary performances have graced well-known venues worldwide, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Lincoln Center, and the Smithsonian Institute. Xiang's music has also been featured on National Public Radio and Chicago's WFMT. Among other honors, Xiang was invited to join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a special guest, when she performed the famous Chinese concerto, The Butterfly Lovers, with conductor David Alan Miller in 1996. As Illinois' World Ethnic Artist, Xiang has given erhu demonstrations at many local and regional universities.