As one of most internationally renowned Chinese pianists and conductors. He has enjoyed successful collaborations with many of the most world-renowned musicians, including Paul Badura-Skoda, Lazar Berman, Sergiu Commissiona, Michel D’alberto, Philippe Entremont, Pavel Kogan, Vladimir Krainev, Hiroko Nakamura, Xu Zhong was born into a family of medical researchers in Shanghai. His early childhood music education from Prof. Wang Yu of Shanghai Conservatory of Music prepared him for the rigorous formal music education he was to receive in the class of Dominique Merlet at Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris.
Xu Zhong won out in numerous prestigious international competitions since 1988, including The 1st Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, The Santander Paloma O'shea International Piano Competition, The 5th Tokyo International Piano Competition and The 10th Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow.
All these prizes brought Xu Zhong worldwide fame and since then he has taken up a concert career spanning Europe, North America, South America, South-East Asia and etc. He has worked with Orchestra de Paris, French National Symphony Orchestra, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Houston Symphony Orchestra, China Philharmonic Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestr. He is regularly invited to attend as a jury member of international piano competitions, such as The 54th Busoni Piano Competition in Bolzano Italy, Clara Haskil International Piano Competition Switzerland, AXA Dublin International Piano Competition and Leeds International Pianoforte Competition.
Xu Zhong has been Artistic Consultant of China Shanghai International Arts Festival and Artistic Director of “French Culture in Shanghai", L’ANNEE DE LA FRANCE EN CHINE 2003/2005. He was nominated to be Music Consultant of Shanghai Concert Hall, member of Shanghai Grand Theatre Arts Group Artistic Committee in 2005 and Deputy Chairman of Shanghai Oriental Art Center Arts Committee.