Zhu De-Hai was born in Beijing. His father was an office manager and mother was a worker in a hotel. He is the youngest of 7 siblings. When he was a toddler, his parents moved the family to the city of Xi’an, which is the capital of Shaanxi province and one of the oldest cities in China.
Overcoming illness, he finished elementary school and became active in music performance during high school. Colleges were closed during the Cultural Revolution, so he worked in a factory. When colleges reopened, he was accepted into Xi’an Music Conservatory College.
His performance career and career as a high school music teacher were interrupted by a traumatic injury that eventually resulted in an amputation. His students encouraged him to resume teaching from his home. Soon he had students ranging in age from 8 years old to students in their 60s.
In 2003, the Music College in the Regional Modern University offered Mr. Zhu the positions of vice president and Director of Art and Performance. He also took charge of evaluation and admission of music students. He started performing music on stage again.