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Long Yu Artistic Director &Principal Conductor
2004/06/09

Long Yu is one of the most distinguished Chinese conductors with an established international reputation. As a guest conductor, Mr. Yu regularly appears with orchestras in Germany, France, the Northlands, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, Portugal, Slovakia, Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong and Macao. Over the years, he has worked with a variety of groups, including the Homburg State Opera, Rundfunk  Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Leipzig, the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, the Budapest Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra, Hamburg Symphoniker, Le Theatre de Nice, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra ,and has collaborated with many distinguished world class musicians including Neville Marriner, Mikhail Pletnev , Izhak Perlman, Cho-liang Lin, Frank Peter Zimmerman, Matt Haimoviz, Wang Jian, Charles Neidich and Tiziana Fabbricini. Mr. Yu has conducted the operas La Traviana, Turandot, Aido, Carmen,Lucia di Lammemore,Romeo and Juliet,and Don Pasguale to critical acclaim, and has developed a repertoire covering works spanning many different periods and forms. He has also produced and conducted operas for The Urban Council of Hong Kong for five successive years. His profound musical interpretations and unique style have won him broad acclaim and international stature.

Long Yu was born in Shanghai in 1964 into a family of musicians. He received his early music education from his grandfather the composer Ding Shande,and this prepared him for the rigorous formal music education he subsequently received first at the Shanghai Music Conservatory and the at the Hochschule der Kunst in Berlin. Mr. Yu’s current position is attributable to talent and hard work as well as direct guidance from first rate music educators and conductors in both China and Germany.

Long Yu’s professional experience and achievements in his native China cover both the artistic and administrative. In 1992, he was appointed principal conductor of the Central Opera Theatre in Beijing. In the same year, he was involved in organizing the inaugural Beijing New Year’s Concert, now an annual event, and served as its conductor for three years. In 1998, he founded the Beijing Music Festival. As the BMF’s artistic director, Mr. Yu’s considerable administrative skills and artistic judgment have played a pivotal role in establishing the BMF both as China’s premier classical music festival and as a significant annual world music event. Mr. Yu has earned widespread recognition for his role in helping to promote classical music and international artistic exchanges in China.

In 2000, Long Yu helped to found the China Philharmonic Orchestra and was appointed its first artistic director. As an artist and administrator, Mr.Yu’s mission is to develop the CPO as a world class professional institution through extensive collaboration with top musician from all over the world. His vision for the CPO is the creation of a truly professional orchestra that can bring the best of China’s symphonic music to the world and offer high quality performances of a wide variety of western classical music to the Chinese audience.

On December 16,2000, Long Yu conducted the CPO’s inaugural concert in Beijing. This concert was a great success. Of the works Mr.Yu has conducted since the founding of CPO, Verdi’s Requiem in February 2001,Berlioz’s La Domnation de Faust in January 2002, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, and Du Mingxin’s Symphonic Peking Opera Famale Generals from Yang Family represent milestones in China’s musical achievements. At the opening concert of the 5th Beijing Music Festival in October 2002,the CPO gave the PRC premier of Mahler’s Symphony No.8(“symphony of a Thousand”). In addition a busy performance schedule in Mainland China, the CPO has also appeared under Mr.Yu’s baton in the Casals Festival and toured Taiwan, Cupctina, USA, Japan and Korea. All the CPO’s overseas performances have been hoiled as great successes.

In May 2003, Long Yu was appointed the music director of the Guangzhou Symphonic Orchestra. From September 2003 to the end of the year, he will conduct both CPO and Guangzhou Symphonic Orchestra for their European Tours and give performances at world famous Palais Garnier, Paris , National Opera Warsaw, Grober Musikvereinssaal, Vienna and Concertgebouw Amterdam.

Long Yu have made many recordings including, on Naxos, Korngold’s Violin Concert and Ding Shande’s Long March Symphony with the Slovak Radio Orchestra. In November 2000,he recorded two CDs for Doutsche Grammophone with the China Philharmonic Orchestra, one of Wagner’s Tannhauser Overture and the Schaenberg orchestration of Brahms’ Piano Quarlet in G Minor, Op.25, the other of highlights of Chinese symphonic music.

Long Yu received the 2002 Montblanc Arts Patronage Award from the Montblanc Culture Foundation, and in 2003 came ‘Le grade de chevalier dans l’order des Arts et des letters’(the Honor of Chevalier of France Art and Culture )from the Government of France.

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