Chinese conductor Long Yu, hailed as the “most powerful figure in China’s classical music scene” by The New York Times, holds positions as the 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. He is also the principal guest conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Yu is the Founder of the Beijing Music Festival and was its artistic director from 1998 to 2018. He is the co-director of the MISA Summer Festival in Shanghai and founder of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy, of which the New York Philharmonic is a partner.
Long Yu has conducted highly acclaimed orchestras and at opera houses throughout the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, DC), Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg State Opera, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, and Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Yu collaborates frequently with many of the world’s most celebrated soloists, among them 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, which began a global release and distribution partnership. As part of the Deutsche Grammophon’s 120th anniversary celebrations in 2018–19, in October Mr. Yu conducted a launch concert at the site of Beijing’s historic Imperial Ancestral Temple at the Forbidden City, alongside artists such as Aida Garifullina and Daniil Trifonov.
Long Yu is a Chevalier dans L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the recipient of the 2002 Arts Patronage Award of the Montblanc Cultural Foundation. In 2005 the Italian government honored Mr. Yu with the title of L’onorificenza di commendatore. He was awarded France’s highest honor of merit by joining la Légion d’Honneur in 2014. The following year, he was awarded the prestigious Global Citizen Award from the Atlantic Council and the Samuel Simons Sanford Award from Yale’s School of Music.