Chinese conductor Long Yu is artistic director and chief conductor of the China Philharmonic Orchestra, which he co-founded in 2000; music director of the Shanghai and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras; founding artistic director of the Beijing Music Festival; and artistic co-director (with Charles Dutoit) of the MISA Festival, which brings classical music to the young people of Shanghai. Mr. Yu played a leading role in creating China’s first orchestral academy as a partnership between Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Conservatory, and the New York Philharmonic. He regularly appears with the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies, including the New York, Munich, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and Tokyo philharmonic orchestras; the Chicago, BBC, Sydney, and Singapore symphony orchestras; and the Orchestre de Paris, Hamburg Staatsoper, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro La Fenice, and Philadelphia Orchestra.
As a champion of new music, he has commissioned works from today’s most prestigious composers such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Philip Glass, John Corigliano, Guo Wenjing, and Ye Xiaogang. Mr. Yu led the China Philharmonic’s performance for Pope Benedict XIV, the first time in history a Chinese orchestra performed at the Vatican. A passionate supporter of cultural dialogue, Mr. Yu brought together top Asian musicians — including Myung-Whun Chung, Midori, Lang Lang, Yo-Yo Ma, and Ray Chen — for the 2010 Canton Asian Music Festival in connection with the XVI Asian Games in Guangzhou. The festival also featured a rare appearance of the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan in mainland China.
Deutsche Grammophon has released Mr. Yu’s recordings of Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture, Schoenberg’s orchestration of Brahms’s Piano Quartet in G minor, and a wide range of Chinese orchestral music including the Yellow River Concerto with Lang Lang. Long Yu’s recordings on Naxos include the Korngold and Goldmark Violin Concertos with Vera Tsu, as well as Ding Shande’s Long March Symphony.
Born in 1964 in Shanghai, he studied at the Shanghai Conservatory and the Hochschule der Kunst in Berlin. He is a Chevalier dans L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the recipient of the Montblanc Cultural Foundation’s 2002 Arts Patronage Award, and in 2005 the Republic of Italy honored him with the title of L’onorificenza di commendatore. Mr. Yu’s first appearance with the Philharmonic was during a New York Philharmonic Concert in the Park on the Great Lawn in 2010, and he first led the Orchestra in January 2012, when he conducted the inaugural Chinese New Year Concert, and, in February 2014, he is leading the Orchestra’s Chinese New Year Concert for the third time.