New York Philharmonic Presents China Philharmonic
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New York Philharmonic Presents the China Philharmonic Orchestra

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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$25-50

Date & Times

11

Dec, 2016

Sunday, 3:00 PM

Event Info

$18 student rush tickets available.

Called “a fine orchestra” that plays with “fastidious precision and considerable elegance” by The Guardian, the China Philharmonic Orchestra takes the stage for Shostakovich’s gripping Fifth Symphony, perhaps his most famous. Julian Rachlin (“The real thing, a virtuoso with heart and a champion’s bearing” — The Los Angeles Times) joins for Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto, with its Russian and Spanish flavors.

This concert is a special event of the 2016–17 season.

Program

Prokofiev

Violin Concerto No. 2

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Shostakovich

Symphony No. 5

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Artists

Long Yu

Conductor

Long Yu

Conductor

Long Yu

Conductor

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.

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Julian Rachlin

Violin

Julian Rachlin

Violin

Violin

Violinist Julian Rachlin has established close relationships with many of the most prestigious conductors and orchestras. He is also praised as a viola player and conductor, and has been recognized for his educational outreach and charity work as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Highlights of Mr. Rachlin’s 2016–17 season include engagements with the Munich Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Yuri Temirkanov, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda, a North America tour with the China Philharmonic Orchestra and Long Yu, and his return to the BBC Proms with Filarmonica della Scala and Riccardo Chailly. Additionally, Mr. Rachlin performs his second season as principal guest conductor of the Royal Northern Sinfonia and will conduct the China, Luxembourg, and Royal Liverpool philharmonic orchestras; Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana; and State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia.

Born in Lithuania in 1974, Julian Rachlin immigrated to Vienna in 1978. He studied violin with Boris Kuschnir at the Vienna Conservatory, and with Pinchas Zukerman. After winning the Young Musician of the Year Award at the 1988 Eurovision Competition, he became the youngest soloist ever to play with the Vienna Philharmonic, making his debut conducted by Riccardo Muti. At the recommendation of Mariss Jansons, Mr. Rachlin has been studying conducting with Sophie Rachlin. He has been on the violin faculty at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna since September 1999.

His recordings for the Sony Classical, Warner Classics, and Deutsche Grammophon labels have received great acclaim.

Julian Rachlin plays the 1704 “ex Liebig” Stradivari, on loan to him courtesy of the Dkfm. Angelika Prokopp Privatstiftung. His strings are kindly sponsored by Thomastik-Infeld.

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China Philharmonic Orchestra

China Philharmonic Orchestra

The China Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO), established in 2000, has experienced exponential growth, becoming China’s top orchestra and a leading figure in Asia with an international reputation. The CPO was named among the ten most inspiring orchestras in the world by Gramophone in 2009. The CPO actively pursues innovative methods and platforms to promote classical music to a wider audience; in the last 16 years it has presented more than 3,000 compositions — many in their World and Chinese Premieres — in more than 1,000 performances before millions of audience members. The orchestra has traveled more than one million kilometers on its domestic and international tours, the equivalent of circling the world 20 times. In the past two seasons the orchestra has toured along the Silk Road and to Maritime Silk Road countries, and made its Russian debut last July. The 2016 Tour of the Americas, the CPO’s third tour to the United States, includes concerts at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Davis; Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco; Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles; Memorial Hall at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Strathmore Hall in Bethesda, Maryland; and Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at Long Island University. The orchestra will also make appearances in Canada and Cuba.

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