Chinese conductor Long Yu is music director of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, artistic director and chief conductor of the China Philharmonic Orchestra, and music director of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra. Other posts include principal guest conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, founder of the Beijing Music Festival (where he was artistic director, 1998–2018), co-director of Shanghai’s MISA Festival, and founding president of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy (a collaboration among the New York Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and Shanghai Conservatory of Music).
In the 2019–20 season, Mr. Yu conducts the Royal Netherlands Radio and Taiwan philharmonic orchestras; Bern, Adelaide, and Singapore symphony orchestras; and Auckland Philharmonia, in addition to the New York Philharmonic. Last summer he led the Shanghai Symphony’s tour of the United States and Europe, with performances at London’s BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, Wolf Trap, Ravinia Festival, Lucerne Festival, Grafenegg Festival, and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. Mr. Yu has conducted acclaimed orchestras and opera houses throughout the world, and collaborates frequently with celebrated soloists such as Alison Balsom, Sumi Jo, Lang Lang, Yo-Yo Ma, Mischa Maisky, Maxim Vengerov, and Yuja Wang.
In June 2018 Long Yu signed an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon for a global release and distribution partnership. As part of the label’s 120th anniversary celebrations in 2018–19, he conducted a launch concert at Beijing’s Forbidden City. In 2008, under his baton the China Philharmonic Orchestra became the first Chinese orchestra in history to perform at the Vatican in the Paul VI Auditorium; in 2014, they became the first Chinese conductor and orchestra to play the BBC Proms, a televised performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Long Yu’s honors include Chevalier dans L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Légion d’Honneur, Montblanc Cultural Foundation’s Arts Patronage Award, L’onorificenza di commendatore, Atlantic Council’s Global Citizen Award, Yale’s Samuel Simons Sanford Award, and Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. He was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and received an honorary doctorate from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He is vice president of the Chinese Musicians Association.