Jiang Xiao-Qing (姜小青) was born in Beijing. She received special education on the guzheng at a very young age and studied under
famous Gu Zheng players including Liu Wei-Shan, Xiang Si-hua, Fan Shang-E, zhang yan and Cao Zheng from when she was eight.
She won the first prize, the 'Gold Prize', at the Chinese youth folk instrument solo contest, and she entered The Chinese National
Central Conservatory of Music at fifteen. She met Mr. Ryuichi Sakamoto after she came to Japan, and joined him on the
soundtrack of "The Last Emperor" which won an Academy Award for music.