Ma began to play the Erhu when she was only seven years old; her studies finally leading her to the Central Conservatory of Music from which she graduated with a Masters' Degree.
In 1989 she received first prize in the Teenagers Group of Professional Erhu players, awarded by the ART Cup Chinese Musical Instrument International Competition. In 1997 she won another first prize at the Taipei Chinese Musical Instrument Competition.
Among other countries, Ma has performed in Australia, Japan and has performed with world famous orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and the Central Philharmonic Orchestra of China and has given recitals in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and North America. In addition, she has recorded several albums of Erhu pieces.