Lucy Zhao was born in Peking and plays the guqin, a plucked, seven-stringed Chinese instrument, and the four-stringed pipa. She performed in the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games in Peking as a member of the Pipa Orchestra. Lucy Zhao studied music performance (Bachelor) at the China Conservatory of Music and performed on orchestral tours of the USA, South Korea and numerous Chinese cities. Her graduation concert took place in the Peking Opera Theatre Zhengyici in the summer of 2015. She has lived in Europe since 2016, and is active working with several ensembles and orchestras including KlangForum Heidelberg and ensemble XX. jahrhundert and performing in free improvisation sessions. She has given solo concerts at a series of venues including the Alte Rathaus and the Mozarthaus in Vienna.