Yu Jing was born in Sichuan, China and started playing the cello at the age of 8. After studying at the Shanghai Conservatory, she went on to study with Markus Nyikos at the Berlin University of Fine Arts in Germany. She graduated with honours in 1991.
She was Principal Cellist with the Radio Youth Orchestra in Berlin and was a member of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra. Yu Jing was a Prize Winner in the First National Cello Competition and participated in masterclasses with Maurice Gendron, Anner Bylsma, Ottomar Borwitzky and Werner Thomas-Mifune.