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Lunar New Year

Jan 31

Celebrate the Lunar New Year — and welcome the Year of the Rabbit — with the New York Philharmonic.

Violinist Ning Feng joins the Orchestra in an arrangement of Bernstein’s West Side Story Suite, erhu virtuoso Yiwen Lu takes center stage in Qigang Chen’s La Joie de la souffrance. Long Yu returns to conduct the concert, which also features Li Huanzhi’s Spring Festival Overture,a selection from Grieg’s Peer Gynt, and Guo Wenjing’s setting of a Chinese folk song.

Enhance your experience: Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit in style at our Lunar New Year Gala. Join us for a pre-concert cocktail reception, receive prime concert seating, and enjoy an elegant dinner with the artists on the Leon and Norma Hess Grand Promenade. Contact to support the Lunar New Year Gala.



7:30 PM





Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall

Additional Info
This concert will be streamed on the Hauser Digital Wall.


Li Huanzhi

Spring Festival Overture


Qigang Chen

La Joie de la souffrance (The Joy of Suffering), for erhu and orchestra

Traditional / Arr. Guo W.

Grassland from Folk Song Suite


Solveig’s Song from Peer Gynt Suite No. 2

Bernstein / Arr. Brohn

West Side Story Suite for Violin and Orchestra


  • Long Yu


    A prominent figure in China’s classical music scene, conductor and impresario Long Yu has devoted his career to steering China’s growing connection to classical music while familiarizing international audiences with the country’s most eminent musicians and composers. Maestro Yu currently holds the top position in China’s three most prominent orchestras from north to south — artistic director of the China Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) in Beijing and music director of both the Shanghai and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras — as well as principal guest conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He is co-director of Shanghai’s Music in the Summer Air festival and chair of the Artistic Committee of the Beijing Music Festival, an annual autumn event that he founded in 1998 and served as artistic director until 2017. He is currently vice president of the China Musicians Association and Chairman of its recently established League of China Orchestras.

    Under Yu’s baton, the CPO became the first Chinese orchestra to perform at the Vatican’s Paul VI Auditorium, a concert attended by Pope Benedict XVI. In 2014 Yu led the CPO in the first Chinese orchestral performance at the BBC Proms in London.

    Long Yu’s initiatives include founding the Shanghai Orchestra Academy, China’s first postgraduate training program for orchestral musicians, in partnership with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the New York Philharmonic, which also named him an honorary member of its International Advisory Board. He also launched the biennial Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition in 2016 and led the Artistic Committee of Youth Music Culture Guangdong, a performance and educational initiative inaugurated in 2017. In 2018, Yu became the first Chinese conductor to sign an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon.

    He has conducted many highly acclaimed orchestras throughout the world. His honors include the Global Citizen Award from the Atlantic Council, the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, and the Samuel Simons Sanford Award from the Yale School of Music; being named a Chevalier dans L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres; receiving the title L’onorificenza di Commendatore dell’Ordine al Merito from the Italian government; and being elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    Learn more about Long Yu
  • Ning Feng


    Ning Feng has toured Europe, Asia, and Australia with Jaap van Zweden and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and has been soloist on tours of China with the Budapest Festival (with which he has also appeared in Budapest), Berlin Konzerthaus, and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras. He has also performed with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Manchester’s Hallé, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, among many others, including all the major Chinese orchestras. In 2020–21 he was artist-in-residence with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Feng appears regularly at London’s Wigmore Hall, where he performed the complete solo Sonatas and Partitas of Bach. He has performed at Kissinger Sommer Festival and collaborated with artists including cellists Edgar Moreau and Daniel Müller-Schott and pianist Igor Levit. In 2022–23 he tours Italy with a solo Paganini program.

    Learn more about Ning Feng
  • Yiwen Lu


    Yiwen Lu, one of the most well-known erhu players in China, is a member of the China Musicians Association’s Bowed Stringed Instruments Committee and the China Nationalities Orchestra Society’s Erhu Committee. Yiwen Lu currently teaches at Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Among her honors are the Gold Medal at the Golden Bell Award Erhu Competition (the highest award in any Chinese instrument competition) in 2015 and the Fourth Wenhua Prize (the Erhu Youth Group’s highest performance award) in 2012. Recognized as a leading erhu performer, she has been active in major music scenes all over the world. She has collaborated extensively with major orchestras, ensembles, and soloists, and given acclaimed concerts throughout the Antarctic, the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Her skill, comprehensive technique, natural musicality, and striking stage presence produce a performance of unique charisma. Yiwen Lu’s performances — which combine traditional Chinese instrumental skills with emotions — often feature contemporary works for erhu, among them her own compositions and transcriptions.

    Learn more about Yiwen Lu

Special Thanks

Starr International Foundation is the Presenting Sponsor of the Lunar New Year Gala.

SinoVision is the Media Partner of the Lunar New Year concert.


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