Zhu Xiao-Mei was born in Shanghai in Her music studies started early, and she played on Beijing radio and television by the age of 8.
Two years later, she entered into the National School of Music for exceptionally gifted children, and also attended the Central Conservatory of Music. The Cultural Revolution interfered with her progress and she spent five years in a working camp in Zhangjiakou. Zhu left China for the United States in , joining the New England Conservatory in Boston and gaining a master's degree in piano performance in After gaining US citizenship, she moved to Paris.
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She gave her Paris debut recital in She teaches at the Conservatoire de Paris. She has given concerts in Europe, Russia, South America and Australia and has appeared at numerous festivals.
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