Urtiin duu (longsong, Mongolia) Khongorzul Ganbaatar began her professional musical studies at the age of 22. She was raised in the Mongolian province of Khentii, where singing urtiin duu is ubiquitous as entertainment. She never sang publicly during her adolescence. On an impulse, she auditioned for the Than Khentii Folk Ensemble and was accepted as a member of the group. In 1998 she moved to Ulaanbaatar to study at the University of Culture and Art under Professor Delghr. In the same year she entered her first musical competition, the Ulaanbaatar Competition of Professional Longsong Singers, and was awarded first prize.
Since that time Khongorzul has performed as a soloist with organizations including the Mongolia Theater of National Dance and Folksong and the Traditional Music and Dance Theater and has been a soloist at concerts in the United States, Japan and China.Khongorzul performs with the Silk Road Ensemble and appears on the album When Strangers Meet.