Xuanhan Xu began her musical studies at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music with Jiwu Li and LiWei Qin. By age 13, she became a student of Gustav Rivinius at the Hochschule für Musik Saar, where she is still studying. Xuanhan Xu won the Fifth David Popper International Cello Competition in Hungary and the 2020 Pablo Casals International Award. She has performed with orchestras such as the Hangzhou and Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestras, the Zhejiang and Harbin Symphony Orchestras, and the National Centre of Performing Arts Orchestra in Beijing—the youngest cellist ever to perform in that venue. Xuanhan has been invited at attend the Verbier Festival Academy this summer as an observing Artist of Promise.