Long Yu

Artistic Director & Chief Conductor, China Philharmonic Orchestra
Music Director, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra & Shanghai Symphony Orchestra
Principal Guest Conductor, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Artistic Director, Beijing Music Festival
Co-Director, MISA Shanghai Summer Festival

“Long Yu’s treatment was exhilarating, tender, sentimental and expansive, befitting the variety of moods the composer wished to convey, leaving no stone unturned.”  


The pre-eminent Chinese conductor with an established international reputation, Long Yu is currently Artistic Director of the Beijing Music Festival and the China Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Director of the Shanghai and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras, the co-director of MISA Shanghai Summer Festival, and the principal guest conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

In the 2017/18 season, aside from his work in China, Long makes return appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Tonhalle Zurich, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and Orchestre National de Lyon.

Long Yu conducts the leading orchestras and opera companies around the world including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Hamburg State Opera, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester Leipzig, NDR Sinfonieorchester, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Singapore Symphony Orchestra.


Performance Schedule


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    09 Apr 18 DAVIES, BRUCH, MENDELSSOHN Hong Kong Philharmonic
    Hong Kong Cultural Centre

    “Long Yu captured the proceedings of the wedding with panache.”

    “[Yu] allowed good space for spontaneous sparkle, especially among the woodwinds. A burnished tone brought the full palette of orchestral colours to life, expressive but soothing at the same time.”
    Alan Yu, bachtrack

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    23 Nov 17 GLINKA, RACHMANINOV, SHOSTAKOVICH Philharmonia Orchestra
    Royal Festival Hall, London

    “He is reassuringly old-fashioned in style, with a long baton and a clear continuous beat, which the Philharmonia players apparently value. From the outset there was no doubting the authority of his leadership or the soundness of his musicianship.”

    “[Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony] is among the most played works by its composer, and there is therefore a well-established performing tradition for this score. Long Yu subscribed wholeheartedly to that tradition, and through persuasive control of tempi, tension and dynamics, succeeded in letting the music speak directly. He is a conductor who lets the players play, which is a particular benefit in a work which has many a solo passage, and where at times there is alarmingly little on the page.”
    Roy Westbrook, Bachtrack, November 2017

    “Glinka’s Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture with its combination of energy and heroic feeling was lively and precise. Yu ensured that the opening motto for brass, strings and timpani was laid out with clarity and the scurrying strings were neat.”
    Brian Barford, Classical Source, November 2017

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    01 Apr 16 R. STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra
    Hong Kong Cultural Centre

    “Long Yu’s treatment was exhilarating, tender, sentimental and expansive, befitting the variety of moods the composer wished to convey, leaving no stone unturned.”
    Alan Yu, bachtrack