Hong Kong's HiFi Magazine praised him as the "Paganini in the world of Erhu," and the Richmond Times Dispatch exclaimed that he“sounds like another Heifetz." Mr. Xu Ke (last name Xu) was born in 1960 in Nanjing, China. He received his B.M. in 1982 with honors from the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, where he studied under the erhu master Mr. Yusong Lan. He was the principal Erhu player of the China National Traditional Orchestra in 1983. In 1986, he toured the United States as the music director of a good-will Chinese music delegation. His solo debut performance in 1987 with the China National Traditional Orchestra in Beijing Concert Hall caused a great sensation in China, prompting the media to dub him "a genius Erhu player."
Since 1987, he has been performing as a soloist with many orchestra throughout the world. These including six performances with the Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra at the Tokyo Suntory Hall under Yuzo Toyama, fourteen concerts with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space Concert Hall, ten times with Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra at the Tokyo Bunkamura Orchard Hall, New Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra of New Zealand, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, and The philharmonic Orchestra of China. He has also played recitals in Japan, Hong Kong, Finland, Canada, Estonia, China, and the United States.