She was educated at John Casablanca's College in Vancouver, British Columbia. Fluent in both written and spoken English, Elva attended the New Talent Singing Awards Vancouver Audition in 1998. Fluent in both written and spoken English, Elva Hsiao became one of the twelve finalists but did not place in the top five.
 Awards and nominations
|2000||Hong Kong TVB8 Awards||Best New Artist (Bronze)||Elva Hsiao||Template:Won||<ref>Template:Zh icon TVB8 2000 TVB8 Awards winners list Retrieved 2011-07-02</ref>|
|2001||World Music Awards||Best Selling Chinese Artist||Elva Hsiao||Template:Won||<ref name=WMA/>|
|2008||Metro Radio Mandarin Music Awards||Songs of the Year||"I'll Be There" from 3-Faced Elva||Template:Won||<ref>Template:Zh icon Metro Radio 2008 Metro Radio Mandarin Music Awards winners list Retrieved 2011-04-27</ref>|
|Best Singer Dancer||Elva Hsiao||Template:Won|
|Best Female Singer (overseas)||Elva Hsiao||Template:Won|
|Best Asia Singer||Elva Hsiao||Template:Won|