Born in Shenyang, Yan Feng began to learn cello at the age of 10, under Prof. Wang Jifu of Shenyang Conservatory of Music. Three years later, she was admitted to the affiliated middle school of Shenyang Conservatory of Music and became a student of Prof. Shi Baoluo. In 1997, she won the third prize (youth category) at China National Cello Competition.
In 1998, Yan Feng enrolled in the Orchestral Instruments Department of Shanghai Conservatory of Music, studying cello under Prof. Chen Jiuhe. In 2001, she won the Excellence Award (youth category) at China National Cello Competition and was later selected to Isaac Stern’s master class at the Miyazaki Chamber Music Festival in Japan, learning quartet from the master violinist.
In 2002, she was invited by maestro Seiji Ozawa, and renowned cellist Rostropovich, to play principal cello at the Caravan Festival in Japan. In the same year, she became Assistant Principal Cello of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. In 2010 she was appointed Assistant Principal Cello of China National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) Orchestra and in 2017 she joins the Macao Orchestra.