Conductor Long Yu


The preeminent Chinese conductor with an established international reputation, Maestro Long Yu is currently Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the China Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Director of the Shanghai and Guanzhou Symphony Orchestras, and Artistic Director of the Beijing Music Festival. In addition to regular seasons featuring the world’s top soloists, all three ensembles tour regularly in China and abroad under the direction of Maestro Long Yu, while his vision and efforts continue to make the Beijing Music Festival the hub of musical life in China’s capital.

Maestro Long Yu has appeared with many leading European, American and Asian orchestras and opera companies including Orchestre de Paris, Hamburg State Opera, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro La Fenice, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic and Singapore Symphony. In the coming season he will make his debuts with the New York Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

In the summer of 2010 Maestro Long Yu lead the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in a historic joint performance with the New York Philharmonic on the Great Lawn of Central Park in celebration of the World Expo, featuring Lang Lang as one of the soloists. Later that year he brought the best Asian classical musicians including Yo-Yo Ma, Midori, Sarah Chang and others to Guangzhou for the premiere Canton Asian Music Festival in connection with the XVI Asian Games.

Long Yu was born in 1964 into a family of musicians in Shanghai. He received his early musical education his grandfather Ding Shande, a composer of great renown, and went on to study at the Shanghai Conservatory and the Hochschule der Kunst in Berlin.

Long Yu’s career has included both artistic and administrative appointments. In 1992, he was appointed Principal Conductor of the Central Opera Theatre in Beijing, and in the same year, he was involved in the planning of the first Beijing New Year’s Concert and served as its conductor for three consecutive years. He also produced operas for The Urban Council of Hong Kong for five successive years. In 1998, he lead the creation of the Beijing Music Festival and was its Founding Artistic Director. Under his leadership the Beijing Music Festival is regarded as one of the world’s most important music festivals. Along with numerous performances by world-renowned ensembles and artists, the Beijing Music Festival plays an active role in commissioning new works from today’s most prestigious composers such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Philip Glass, Guo Wenjing and Ye Xiaogang. In 2000, Long Yu co-founded the China Philharmonic Orchestra and was appointed Artistic Director and Principal Conductor. Now entering his 11th season with the China Philharmonic, he has maintained the high standard of orchestral performance and artistic administration. In 2003, Long Yu was appointed the Music Director of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra. He has toured extensively with both the China Philharmonic and the Guangzhou Symphony. From February to April 2005, the China Philharmonic Orchestra took an international tour under the baton of Maestro Long Yu. Within 40 days they appeared in 22 cities throughout North America and Europe. In 2008, for the first time in history, the China Philharmonic Orchestra performed under the baton of Maestro Long Yu at the Vatican in the Paul VI Auditorium. The concert was attended by The Holy Father Pope Benedict XIV and marked a giant step in bringing eastern and western cultures closer together.

Deutsche Grammophon has released Maestro Long Yu’s recordings of Wagner Tannhäuser Overture, Brahms Piano Quartet in G Minor in Arnold Schoenberg’s orchestration, and a wide range of Chinese orchestral music including Yellow River Concerto with Lang Lang. His recordings on Naxos include Korngold and Goldmark Violin Concertos with Vera Tsu as well as Ding Shande’s Long March Symphony.

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 President Berlusconi honored Maestro Long Yu with the title of L’onorificenza di commendatore.