Chinese conductor Long Yu is artistic director of the Beijing Music Festival and the China Philharmonic Orchestra, music director of the Shanghai and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras, co-director of the MISA Shanghai Summer Festival, and principal guest conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He played a leading role in establishing the Shanghai Orchestra Academy through a partnership between the New York Philharmonic and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, with collaboration from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 2014 the Philharmonic named Long Yu an honorary member of the International Advisory Board, established to support the Philharmonic’s activities abroad, including the New York Philharmonic Global Academy.
Long Yu frequently conducts the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies, including the New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Munich philharmonic orchestras; Chicago, Montreal, National, Cincinnati, Bamberg, Berlin Radio, Leipzig Radio, NDR, Sydney, BBC, and Singapore symphony orchestras; and The Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, and Hamburg Staatsoper. In 2008, for the first time in history, the China Philharmonic Orchestra performed under his baton at the Vatican, attended by Pope Benedict XIV.
In 1992 Long Yu was appointed principal conductor of the Central Opera Theatre in Beijing; he was involved in planning the Chinese New Year concert series later that year and served as its conductor for three consecutive years. He created opera productions for The Urban Council of Hong Kong for five years. In 1998 he led the creation of the Beijing Music Festival and has since been its artistic director. In 2005, with the provincial government’s support, he built up the Canton International Summer Music Academy and became its chairman for the following three years. He also established the MISA Shanghai Summer Music Festival in 2010 and, later that year, the Canton Asian Music Festival.
Born in 1964 into a musical family in Shanghai, Long Yu received his early musical education from his grandfather, composer Ding Shande, and went on to study at the Shanghai Conservatory and the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. He received the Arts Patronage Award of the Montblanc Cultural Foundation (2002), Chevalier dans L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2003), and the Atlantic Council’s Global Citizen Award, and was a 2016 inductee to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Long Yu is currently vice-president of Chinese Musicians Association and a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.