Yu Long
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Yu Long

Yu Long Ming dynasty person CBDB = 301357

Ming dynasty person CBDB = 301357
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Intro Ming dynasty person CBDB = 301357
Countries China
Gender male
Father: Yu Zhong
Children: Yu Shanji
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Long Yu (Chinese: ; pinyin: Yú Lóng; born July 1, 1964) is a Chinese conductor. He is currently artistic director and chief conductor of the China Philharmonic and of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, music director of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, and principal guest conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Yu is also the Chairman of the Artistic Committee of the Beijing Music Festival and co-director of the Music in the Summer Air Festival (MISA).


The son of a pianist mother and a choreographer father, Yu was born into a family of musicians in Shanghai, China and grew up during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Yu received his early childhood music education beginning with piano studies from his grandfather, the composer Ding Shande. He continued his piano studies at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and also began conducting studies, graduating from the conservatory in 1987. He further studied music in Europe at the Universität der Künste Berlin.

After returning from Europe, Yu was appointed principal conductor of the Central Opera Theatre in Beijing in 1992, serving for three years. He produced operas for the Urban Council of Hong Kong for five years. He was a founder of the Beijing Music Festival (BMF) in 1998, becoming its first artistic director.

In 2000, the Chinese government invited Yu to assume leadership of the China Broadcasting Symphony (also called the China National Symphony). Yu held open auditions, becoming the first Chinese orchestra to recruit all its performers this way. The symphony was renamed the China Philharmonic Orchestra and its reputation quickly improved under Yu's leadership. In 2008, Yu and the China Philharmonic performed for Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican, as part of increased diplomatic initiative between China and the Vatican. In July 2014, the China Philharmonic was the first Chinese orchestra to perform at the BBC Proms.

In 2003, the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra appointed Yu its music director. In 2009, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra appointed Yu its music director. During his tenure, the orchestra has begun its Music in the Summer Air Festival (MISA) in August 2010, constructed a new home for the orchestra (the Shanghai Symphony Hall) in 2014, established the Shanghai Orchestra Academy in 2014, and begun the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition in 2016. Yu has shared the position of Artistic Co-Director of the Music In the Summer Air Festival (MISA) with Charles Dutoit since the festival's launch in 2010. In January 2015, Yu was named principal guest conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the first appointment of a mainland Chinese conductor to the position.

In June 2018, Deutsche Grammophon announced an exclusive recording deal with Yu and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (SSO).

Select discography

Year Album Label
1996 The Hall of Fame with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Marco Polo
1997 Korngold / Goldmark: Violin Concertos with Vera Tsu and the Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra Naxos
1997 Greatest Movie Classics with the Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra Marco Polo
1998 The Centre, Vol. 2 Naxos
1999 Discover the Classics, Vol. 3: The Concerto Naxos Educational
2000 Classics at the Movies: Drama Naxos
2003 Love and Peace Naxos
2004 Ding Shande: Long March Symphony with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Marco Polo
2006 Dragon Songs with Lang Lang and the China Philharmonic Orchestra Deutsche Grammophon
2008 Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet; Strauss: Don Quixote with the China Philharmonic Orchestra Decca
2009 The Very Best of Cinema Classics Naxos
2012 Bao Yuankai: Five Orchestral Pieces; Lu Qiming: Ode to the Red Flag; Liu Tingyu: Susan Suite with the China Philharmonic Orchestra Deutsche Grammophon
2013 Klassik Ohne Krise: Ganz grosses Kino Naxos
2015 Epics of Love with Song Zuying and the China Philharmonic Orchestra Stockfisch Records
2019 Gateways with Maxim Vengerov and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (works by Chen Qigang, Fritz Kreisler, Rachmaninov) Deutsche Grammophon

Honors and awards

  • 2002: Arts Patronage Award of the Montblanc Cultural Foundation
  • 2003: Chevalier dans L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France
  • 2005: L'onorificenza di commendatore, Italy
  • December 2014: Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, France
  • October 2015: The Atlantic Council Global Citizen Award
  • April 2016: Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences
  • June 2016: The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, the highest tribute the Federal Republic of Germany can award individuals for services to the nation.
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