Being one of the few Singaporean composers specialising in writing art songs and song cycles, Chunyuan is a music graduate from the University of West London, specialising in classical voice & minoring in composition. Due to his works mostly involve poems, he has met with several Singapore poets & has used their poems as part of his compositions. Poets he has worked with include past Cultural medallion winners Emeritus Professor Edwin Thumboo, Professor Wong Yoon Wah, Madam Lew Poo Chuan. Besides writing his specialised field of expertise, he also composes various genres, such as orchestra, ensemble and choral. His works are mostly performed in Singapore and Taiwan. Xiao is affiliated to various professional music bodies, such as Composers Society of Singapore, Composers and Authors Society of Singapore and is currently serving as assistant secretariat to Association of Composers (Singapore).