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Lunar New Year

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

Off-Sale

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, 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.   
 

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Gil Shaham

Violin

Gil Shaham

Violin

Gil  Shaham

Violin

Gil Shaham is one of the foremost violinists of our time: His flawless technique combined with his inimitable warmth and generosity of spirit has solidified his renown as an American master. He is sought after throughout the world for concerto appearances with leading orchestras and conductors, and regularly gives recitals and appears with ensembles on the great concert stages and at the prestigious festivals. 

Highlights of recent years include a recording and performances of J.S. Bach’s complete sonatas and partitas for solo violin as well as recitals with his longtime duo partner, pianist Akira Eguchi. He regularly appears with the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, and in multiyear residencies with the orchestras of Montreal, Stuttgart, and Singapore.   

Mr. Shaham has more than two dozen concerto and solo CDs to his name, earning multiple Grammys, a Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d’Or, and Gramophone Editor’s Choice. His most recent recording in the series 1930s Violin Concertos Vol. 2 was nominated for a Grammy Award. He released a new recording of the Beethoven and Brahms Violin Concertos with The Knights in 2021. 

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. 
 

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Haochen Zhang

Piano

Haochen Zhang

Piano

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Piano

Since his gold medal win at the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, in 2009, Haochen Zhang has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including The Philadelphia, San Francisco Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, London Symphony, Mariinsky, China Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and Singapore Symphony orchestra, He has also appeared at festivals including the BBC Proms, Lucerne Festival, Easter Festival in Moscow, and the Aspen Music Festival. He has worked distinguished conductors, including Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Michael Tilson Thomas, Valery Gergiev, Long Yu, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Gianandrea Noseda, and Lorin Maazel.

In recent seasons, Mr. Zhang has made his Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France debut with Mikko Franck, and toured in China, with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly, and Asia with The Philadelphia Orchestra. In October 2017 he gave a concerto performance at Carnegie Hall with the China NCPA Orchestra, which was followed by his recital debut at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall. His 2021–22 season highlights include his Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse debut and a return to the New York Philharmonic, this time conducted by Tugan Sokhiev.

Mr. Zhang’s debut solo album — which includes works by Schumann, Brahms, Janáček, and Liszt — was released by BIS in February 2017. In July 2019 he released his debut concerto album, also on BIS, performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

After studying with Professor Dan Zhaoyi in China beginning at age 11, Haochen Zhang graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied with Gary Graffman. Mr. Zhang received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2017.

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