Xu Hui started learning the guzheng at a tender age. She was admitted to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 1997. Under the tutelage of Guo Xue Jun, Xu Hui studied the guzheng, and concurrently studied percussion under Yang Ru Wen. During her course of study, she was awarded scholarships for four consecutive years. Xu Hui graduated in 2001 and is currently a guzheng musician and percussionist with the SCO.
Xu Hui was the champion at the 1992 International Jiangnan Sizhu Competition. In the same year, she won the first prize at the Shanghai Young Talents Guzheng Competition. Xu Hui was also the first-prize winner at the Huadong Youth Chinese Music Competition for two consecutive years in 1993 and 1994. In addition, she was awarded a silver medal at the National Cultural Stars Award in 1995.
Xu Hui has staged many performances throughout Asia, Europe and America. In 2001, Xu Hui was invited by French television to participate in the Shanghai – Paris satellite TV broadcast performance which was viewed by millions. In the same year, she staged a highly-acclaimed percussion concert titled Qiu Wen. Xu Hui has also collaborated with renowned musicians and composers such as Qu Xiao Song, Chen Qi Gang, Wang Xi Lin, Yang Li Qing and Jia Da Qun