Yo-Yo Ma and Tchaikovsky

The New York Philharmonic

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Yo-Yo Ma and Tchaikovsky

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$45-134

Duration

1 hour & 45 minutes with intermission

Date & Times

6

Mar, 2019

Wednesday, 7:30 PM

7

Mar, 2019

Thursday, 7:30 PM

8

Mar, 2019

Friday, 8:00 PM

9

Mar, 2019

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Cello superstar Yo-Yo Ma and pipa virtuosa Wu Man (“the world’s greatest pipa player” — The Wall Street Journal) join the Philharmonic for Zhao Lin’s colorful concerto. The concert concludes with the melancholy sonic landscape of Tchaikovsky’s powerfully haunting Pathétique, which will linger long in your memory.

Program To Include

Musorgsky / Orch. Rimsky-Korsakov

Prelude to Khovanshchina

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Zhao Lin

Concerto for Pipa and Cello (US Premiere–New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with the Beijing Music Festival and Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra)

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Tchaikovsky

Symphony No. 6, Pathétique

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Artists

Long Yu

Conductor

Long Yu

Conductor

Long Yu

Conductor

Conductor Long Yu is music director of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, and artistic director and chief conductor of the China Philharmonic Orchestra. He is the founder and artistic director of the Beijing Music Festival, and co-director of the MISA Shanghai Summer Festival. He is marking his 16th season as music director of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, where he made his debut in 1993; since being named music director in 2003, he has presided over the orchestra’s European and Egyptian tours, including performances at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Conservatoire de Luxembourg, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, and the Cairo Opera House. He has collaborated with soloists including Alison Balsom, Sumi Jo, Lang Lang, Yo-Yo Ma, Mischa Maisky, Maxim Vengerov, and Yuja Wang.

Long Yu has conducted orchestras and opera companies throughout the world, including the New York, Los Angeles, Munich, Hong Kong, and Tokyo philharmonic orchestras; Chicago, Montreal, National, Cincinnati, Bamberg, NDR, Melbourne, Sydney, BBC, and Singapore symphony orchestras; Berlin and MDR Leipzig Radio 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 the baton of Long Yu at the Vatican in the Hall of Pope Paul VI, a concert attended by Pope Benedict XVI that marked a giant step in bringing Eastern and Western cultures closer together.

In the 2017–18 season, aside from his work in China, he returns to the New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, and Orchestre national de Lyon.

Born in 1964 into a musical family in Shanghai, Long Yu studied at the Shanghai Conservatory and the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. In 1992 he was appointed principal conductor of the Central Opera Theatre in Beijing and served as its conductor for three 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.

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Yo-Yo Ma

Cello

Yo-Yo Ma

Cello

Yo-Yo Ma by Jason Bell

Cello

The many-faceted career of cellist Yo-Yo Ma is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Mr. Ma maintains a balance between his engagements as soloist with orchestras worldwide and his recital and chamber music activities. His discography includes more than 100 albums, including 18 Grammy Award winners. Mr. Ma serves as the artistic director of Silkroad, an organization he founded to promote cross-cultural performance and collaborations at the edge where education, business, and the arts come together to transform the world. More than 80 works have been commissioned specifically for the Silk Road Ensemble, which tours annually. Mr. Ma also serves as the Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Negaunee Music Institute. His work focuses on the transformative power music can have in individuals’ lives, and on increasing the number and variety of opportunities audiences have to experience music in their communities. Yo-Yo Ma was born in Paris to Chinese parents who later moved the family to New York. He began to study cello at the age of four, attended The Juilliard School, and in 1976 graduated from Harvard University. He has received numerous awards, among them the Avery Fisher Prize (1978), the National Medal of Arts (2001), and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2010). In 2011 Mr. Ma was recognized as a Kennedy Center Honoree. Most recently, Mr. Ma has joined the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees. He has performed for eight American presidents, most recently at the invitation of President Obama on the occasion of the 56th Inaugural Ceremony.

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Wu Man

Pipa

Wu Man

Pipa

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Pipa

A pipa virtuoso and ambassador of Chinese music, Wu Man is a soloist, educator, and composer who gives her lute-like instrument a new role in both traditional and contemporary music. She has premiered hundreds of new works for the pipa, while spearheading multimedia projects to both preserve and create awareness of China’s ancient musical traditions. She has initiated projects that have resulted in the pipa finding a place in new solo and quartet works and concertos; in opera, chamber, electronic, and jazz works; and in theater productions, film, and dance, as well as collaborations with visual artists such as calligraphers and painters. She has performed as soloist with major orchestras around the world, is a frequent collaborator with the Kronos and Shanghai Quartets, is a founding member of the Silk Road Ensemble, and has appeared on more than 40 recordings throughout her career. Born in Hangzhou, China, Wu Man studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where she became the first recipient of a master’s degree in pipa. Her first exposure to western classical music came in 1979 when she saw Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra perform in Beijing. In 1980 she participated in an open master class with violinist Isaac Stern, and in 1985 she made her first visit to the United States as a member of the China Youth Arts Troupe. She moved to the U.S. in 1990. Wu Man was awarded the Bunting Fellowship at Harvard University in 1998, became the first Chinese traditional musician to receive a United States Artist Fellowship in 2008, and was the first artist from China to perform at the White House. In 2013 she was named Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year.  

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