Lunar New Year
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Lunar New Year

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$35-80

Duration

1 hour & 15 minutes
no intermission

Date & Times

28

Jan, 2020

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

This concert is a Special Event of the 2019–20 season.

Celebrate the Lunar New Year — and welcome the Year of the Rat — with the New York Philharmonic! Experience the US Premiere of Zhou Tian’s Gift and the New York Premiere of Texu Kim’s ping pong–inspired Spin-Flip. Witness rising superstar Haochen Zhang in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Gil Shaham in Chen Gang and He Zhanhao’s The Butterfly Lovers, Violin Concerto. Long Yu returns to conduct.

Children 5 years and older are welcome at all New York Philharmonic concerts. Children 4 years old and younger are only permitted at our Young People’s and Very Young People’s concert series.

Program

Zhou Tian

Gift (US Premiere)

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Chen Gang and He Zhanhao

The Butterfly Lovers, Violin Concerto

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Texu Kim

Spin-Flip (New York Premiere)

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Gershwin

Rhapsody in Blue, for Piano and Orchestra

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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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Gil Shaham

Violin

Gil Shaham

Violin

Gil  Shaham

Violin

Gil Shaham is sought-after throughout the world for concerto appearances with leading orchestras and conductors, and he regularly gives recitals and appears with ensembles on the world’s great concert stages and at the most prestigious festivals.

Highlights of recent years include a recording and performances of J.S. Bach’s complete Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin and recitals with pianist Akira Eguchi, his longtime duo partner. Mr. Shaham regularly appears with the New York, Berlin, Israel, and Los Angeles philharmonic orchestras; Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco symphony orchestras; and Orchestre de Paris; as well as in multiyear residencies with the Montreal, Stuttgart Radio, and Singapore symphony orchestras. 

Mr. Shaham has more than two dozen concerto and solo CDs to his name, has earned multiple Grammy Awards, a Grand Prix du Disque, and Diapason d’Or, and has been named Gramophone Editor’s Choice. His most recent recording in the series 1930s Violin Concertos Vol. 2 was nominated for a Grammy.

Gil Shaham was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1990, and in 2008 he received the coveted Avery Fisher Prize. In 2012 he was named Instrumentalist of the Year by Musical America. He plays the 1699 “Countess Polignac” Stradivarius, and lives in New York City with his wife, violinist Adele Anthony, and their three children.

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Haochen Zhang

Piano

Haochen Zhang

Piano

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Piano

Since his gold medal win at the 13th Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009, Haochen Zhang has captivated audiences in the United States, Europe, and Asia with a unique combination of deep musical sensitivity and fearless imagination. He has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras, including The Philadelphia, Munich Philharmonic, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie, WDR Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Japan Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Mariinsky, Warsaw Philharmonic, Taiwan Philharmonic, and Hong Kong Philharmonic orchestras. He has appeared in recitals across North America, Europe, and Asia. In October 2017 Mr. Zhang performed with the NCPA Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and soon after gave his first recital at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. He has already appeared at many of the world’s leading festivals, including the BBC Proms (with Long Yu and the China Philharmonic Orchestra), the Lucerne Festival, and the Moscow Easter Festival.

In July 2019, Mr. Zhang released his debut concerto album on BIS Records, performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra. His debut solo album, released by BIS in February 2017, features works by Schumann, Brahms, Janáček, and Liszt.

Haochen Zhang is a graduate of Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Gary Graffman. He has also been studying periodically with Andreas Haefliger in Vienna. He was previously trained at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the Shenzhen Arts School, where he was admitted in 2001 at the age of 11 to study with Dan Zhaoyi.

 

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