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. He is also 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 co-director of the MISA festival in Shanghai and founding president of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy, created through a partnership among the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and the New York Philharmonic.
Mr. Yu has conducted a highly acclaimed list of orchestras and opera houses throughout the world, including the New York, Los Angeles, Munich, Hong Kong, and Tokyo philharmonic orchestras; The Philadelphia Orchestra; Orchestre de Paris; Hamburg Staatsoper; Philharmonia Orchestra; and the Chicago, Montreal, National, Cincinnati, Bamberg, Berlin Radio, MDR Leipzig Radio, NDR Hamburg, Sydney, BBC, and Melbourne symphony orchestras. As music director of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Yu has embarked on European and Egyptian tours with the orchestra, performing at Paris’s Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Conservatoire de Luxembourg, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, and Cairo Opera House. He continues to collaborate frequently with many of the world’s most celebrated soloists, such as Alison Balsom, Sumi Jo, Lang Lang, Yo-Yo Ma, Mischa Maisky, Maxim Vengerov, and Yuja Wang.
In June 2018 Mr. Yu signed an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon. As part of the label’s 120th anniversary celebrations in 2018–19, he conducted a launch concert at Beijing’s Forbidden City.
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 him 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, Mr. Yu was awarded the title “National Literature and Art Worker of Excellence ” by the Chinese government, the Global Citizen Award from the Atlantic Council, and the Samuel Simons Sanford Award from the Yale School of Music. Most recently, he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. Long Yu is currently vice president of the Chinese Musicians Association and a member of the 11th, 12th, and 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.