Long Yu Artistic Director
As one of the most distinguished Chinese conductors with an established international reputation, Maestro Long Yu is currently Music Director of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the China Philharmonic Orchestra, Chairman of Art Committee of the Beijing Music Festival, Artist Director of Music in the Summer Air (MISA Shanghai), as well as Principle Guest Conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
Long Yu is one of the conductors who conducts the world top-class orchestras most frequently, he has appeared with a prestigious list of leading orchestras and a lot of opera companies around the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Montreal Symphony OrchestraWashington National Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg State Opera, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester Leipzig, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic and Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
Long Yu was born in 1964 into a family of musicians in Shanghai. Musical education in his early childhood came from his grandfather Ding Shande, a composer of great renown, and he later studied at the Shanghai Conservatory with Professor Xiaotong Huang and then studied at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin with Prof. Robinstein. Outstanding music talents, excellent educational background and extensive social resources make Long Yu a preeminent conductor.
Long Yu's career has included both artistic and administrative appointments. He built up the Canton International Summer Music Academy and became its Chairman in 2007. He established the MISA Shanghai Summer Music Festival in 2010. The SOA, established through the intercontinental cooperation of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Shanghai Conservatory of Music under the leadership of founding president Long Yu which began in September 2014. Aiming for cultivating professional orchestral players of the highest standards of technique and musicianship, the Academy provides rigorous training at the Master's degree level for talented instrumentalists through private lessons, chamber music, mock audition, professional seminars and other performance opportunities.
Long Yu toured extensively with Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. In November 2009 Long Yu led the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra on a twelve-city North American tour which is a huge success. The tour began with the closing concert of the Ancient Paths, Modern Voices Festival at Carnegie Hall and included concerts in Los Angeles, Toronto and San Diego. A New York Times report from November 9, 2009 gave an introduction to Long Yu's artistic achievement and hailed him as “China’s Herbert von Karajan.” In March 2010 Long Yu conducted the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra at the 14th Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Krakow and gave concerts in Warsaw and Lodz. All the performances won high praise from both audiences and critics. Between 2012 and 2015, Long Yu conducted the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in several concerts in Germany, Netherlands, United States, Brazil which included the concert of the Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the Victory of The World Anti-Fascist War in United Nations Hall. Led by Long Yu, the SSO celebrated its 140th anniversary with a three-week world tour in summer of 2019, during which the Orchestra made its debuts at the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, Wolftrap Festival and Ravinia Festival in addition to return visits to Lucerne Festival, Grafenegg Festival and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. In Chinese spring festival of 2012, Long Yu led the New York Philharmonic in the First Chinese New Year Concert at Avery Fisher Hall of Lincoln Center.
Maestro Long Yu’s reputation has been enhanced by his activities as a widely admired and respected figure in administration of orchestras and festival as well as in international exchanging of musical culture. As a champion of contemporary music Long Yu has been commissioning a number of works from today’s prominent composers such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Philip Glass, Guo Wenjing, Tan Dun, Ye Xiaogang and Unsuk Chin.
Mr. Long Yu’s recordings include Brahms’s Piano Quartet in G Minor (orch. Arnold Schoenberg) and Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture, highlights of Chinese symphonic music and Yellow River Concerto with Lang Lang as featured soloist on Deutsche Grammophon. Recordings on Naxos include Korngold's Violin Concerto and Ding Shande’s Long March Symphony.
Long Yu received the 2002 Montblanc Arts Patronage Award from the Montblanc Cultural Foundation, and in 2003 came Le grade de chevalier dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres (The Honor of Chevalier of French Art and Culture) from the Government of France. In 2005, Italian President honored Maestro Long Yu L’onorificenza di commendatore.
In November 2010, the Central Conservatory of Music has presented Maestro Long Yu with a certificate of the Honourable Academician from the Central Conservatory at a conference for 70th year anniversary of its founding, in recognition of his great contribution and devoted efforts to the development in classical music in China and cultural exchanges over the past decade. On December 2010, he was awarded People of the Year in Arts Field in China.
In 2013, Long Yu was awarded the national level arts award “China Arts Award”.
In 2014, Long Yu received the France Knight of Legion of Honour.
In 2015, Long Yu was named “Morally and Artistically Excellent Artist” by state authority. He was also awarded “Global Citizen Award” by the Atlantic Council, and the Sanford Medal by Yale University’s College of Music in 2015.
In April, 2016, Long Yu was elected as a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
In June, 2016, Long Yu received German’s Federal Cross of Merit. Long Yu is currently Chairman of Chinese Symphony Orchestra League, Vice-president of Chinese Musicians Association, member of the 13th the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.