Born in Beijing in 1983, Miao Shanshan started her early flute lessons under Wang Yongxin and continued to study under him in the Middle School section of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. A graduate of the University Mozarteum Salzburg, her teachers in Austria include Hertha Mergl and Bernhard Krabatsch. She has participated in masterclasses with acclaimed flutists such as Peter-Lukas Graf,Gerhard Braun, Robert Aitken, Hansgeorg Schmeiser and Philippe Boucly.
Miao was previously a member of the Salzburg Youth Orchestra, Salzburg City Winds Orchestra, Salzburg Railway Winds Orchestra and Austria Festival Orchestra, and has performed at several New Year concerts in the Salzburg Congresshaus. With the Salzburg City Winds Orchestra she performed for the opening ceremony of the Salzburg International Summer Music Festival (2009). As a soloist and chamber musician she has performed the M. Haydn Concerto with Salzburg’s Orchestra of Culture Association (2006), a concert with narrator Heinrich Benjes in Simbach, Germany (2011) and a chamber concert entitled "New Sounds from Brazil" featuring music by Jean Goldenbaum in Salzburg.