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Maestro Long Yu and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra

Summer Tour Includes Debut at BBC Proms;
Plus First Track Released of Gateways

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra's 140th Anniversary Summer Tour led by Maestro Long Yu debuts at the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, Wolf Trap and Ravinia Festival and returns to Lucerne Festival, Grafenegg, and Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam from August 14 to September 1 with soloists Eric Lu, Alisa Weilerstein, and Frank Peter Zimmermann.

Plus, Deutsche Grammophon is launching a series of albums featuring works by major Chinese composers. Gateways, the first album, contains two works by Qigang Chen, as well as Rachmaninov’s “Symphonic Dances” and Kreisler’s “Tambourin chinois”, with Maxim Vengerov as soloist. The full album releases June 28. Read more from Gramophone here.

 

Listen to the first track of Gateways here. Pre-order the album here.

April 17, 2019

Long Yu Featured on Gramophone Cover, April 2019

"[DG president Dr. Clemens Trautmann] recalls the 'incredibly high standards' he heard from the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra a few years ago at the Lucerne Festival... 'Karajan and Bernstein weren't just music directors, they were cultural entrepreneurs,' [Trautmann] says of DG's linchpin artists of the last century. 'We see similar potential in the partnership of the SSO and its music director Long Yu – a conductor who is making a difference to the cultural landscape inside China, and outside it too.' "

 

Read more in Gramophone's April issue, available here.

March 21, 2019

Four Sold-Out Performances with New York Philharmonic, Yo-Yo Ma, and Wu Man Greeted With Great Critical Acclaim

The first of Maestro Yu's four sold-out performances with the New York Philharmonic, Yo-Yo Ma, and Wu Man received glowing reviews from The New York Times (" 'A Happy Excursion' had a fitting companion in Tchaikovsky’s emotive 'Pathétique' Symphony. The Philharmonic musicians can probably play this overprogrammed piece in their sleep; in the past, it has occasionally felt as if they were doing just that. But under Mr. Yu’s baton, they summoned surprising extremes, leavened occasionally with the brisk lightness of a Tchaikovsky ballet.") and New York Classical Review ("A venerable warhorse like the “Pathéthique” is always in danger of coming off as superficial. But the Philharmonic under Yu—one of China’s most active and prominent conductors—delivered a sensational performance, one of the finest this listener has heard. The playing had an etched crispness like that of the frigid winter wind outside the hall, and every section played with a keen-edged clarity and precision.")

 

Read more of the reviews from NYT here and NYCR here.

March 7, 2019

Carmina Burana, Live From the Forbidden City Released on Deutsche Grammophon

Deutsche Grammophon launched the celebrations around its 120th anniversary with a gala concert in Beijing's Forbidden City in October 2018 with Shanghai Symphony Orchestra led by Maestro Yu. Today, the thrilling performance of Carmina Burana featuring soprano Aida Garifullina, tenor Toby Spence, and baritone Ludovic Tézier is available digitally and on CD and DVD/Blu-ray.

Preview the album with iTunes here. It is available for purchase from DG here.

January 18, 2019

Long Yu Receives Honorary Doctorate

Congratulations to Maestro Yu who has today earned an honorary doctorate from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. The honor is awarded to outstanding individuals for their achievements and contributions to the performing arts and cultural industry and the development of the Academy. Maestro Yu believes promoting young people and music education are two of musicians' most important tasks. He plans to continue dedicating his time and energy participating in music education and supporting young musicians and their artistic projects.

Read more on the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts's page here.

November 1, 2018

Long Yu to Pass Baton of Beijing Music Festival to Shuang Zou

Long Yu is stepping down as Artistic Director of the Beijing Music Festival after 20 years and passing the baton to Shuang Zou, BMF's wonderfully talented and innovative Assistant Programming Director. He announced the transition yesterday at BMF's 21st Season launch and spoke with BBC Music Magazine in an exclusive first conversation available here.

Yesterday, Yu announced "It has been my hope to pass the torch to a capable young generation, for a sustainable manner of China’s music world... I think only in this way, our music career can be developed and passed on. Once we were the successors. Now we have become the engineers – paving the road and building the bridges for young people as our predecessors did. This sort of building and re-building sustains our music industry... In retrospect, I was a young man at only 34 years of age when I founded the BMF 20 years ago; today as I see Ms. Zou Shuang
becoming the new Artistic Director at a similar age, I feel sincerely relieved and filled with emotion."

 

Read Yu's full speech here.

June 26, 2018

Long Yu and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Sign Exclusive Recording Deal with Deutsche Grammophon

The new partnership is set to build on Long Yu’s critically acclaimed work as Music Director of the SSO and help promote the orchestra’s powerful blend of tradition and ambitious future vision. It will also enhance the SSO’s “Music Connecting Worlds” ethos. Their first DG recording, an album of works from the Chinese and Russian repertoires, will be released in 2019 to mark the SSO’s 140th anniversary and celebrate its status as China’s earliest symphony orchestra. In addition to making new albums with the orchestra, Deutsche Grammophon will also release earlier recordings from the SSO’s existing catalogue.

Read more here.

June 7, 2018

Lunar New Year with the New York Philharmonic

Maestro Yu leads the New York Philharmonic in their Lunar New Year gala this week featuring the Farmers' Chorus of Yunnan Province, pianist Serena Wang, and Andy Akiho's innovative work, Ricochet - a concerto for Ping Pong, Violin, Percussion & Orchestra. Yes, it involves two real ping pong players, real ping pongs, and a real ping pong table. Read more about the concert in the New York Times here.

February 19, 2018

Hong Kong Philharmonic Performance "Resounding Success"

Bachtrack commends Maestro Yu's recent performance with the Hong Kong Philharmonic saying, "Long Yu’s première of Er Huang in Hong Kong was a resounding success, traversing the full gamut of emotional latitude the work afforded, from contemplative introspection to boisterous clamour. He laid bare the variety of orchestral colours and kept us on tenterhooks with a superb sense of timing."

Read more here.

December 18, 2017

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Announces 2017-18 season

Under the directorship of Maestro Long Yu, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra announces their upcoming season featuring an "Us & Them" theme: conflicts, tuning, and integration.

Guest artists include pianists George Li and Louis Lortie; conductor/composer Tan Dun; conductor Charles Dutoit; and more.

June 29, 2017

KUSC to air Shanghai Symphony concert series from China

The first Chinese symphony series to be broadcast on radio in the United States will begin Saturday, May 27 on Classical KUSC based in Los Angeles. Each of the 13 concerts will air 8-10 p.m. on Saturdays, through August 26. The series features an all-star line-up of soloists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Lang Lang, Maxim Vengerov, Yujia Wang and Christian Tetzlaff. Guest conductors include Zubin Mehta, Sir Andrew Davis, Osmo Vänskä, Daniele Gatt and Paavo Järvi.

Read more about the broadcast series here.

May 29, 2017

Yu launches AEP-China

With the partnership of Volkswagen Group (China), Yu officially launches AEP-CHINA in Shanghai, a cultural and art education program for all young people of China. The program aims to promote high-quality music and rich art activities throughout China; gather and link the young people of the whole country via the charm of music; and build an international platform for participation and create more diversified opportunities of expansion for the young music fans around the country.

April 16, 2017

The Guardian Names Yu's Performance with Philharmonia in Top February 2017 Performances

"The Chinese Year of the Rooster (signalling steadfastness and courage but with a touch of moodiness) has just begun. That was one event celebrated by Thursday’s night’s Chinese-themed concert from the Philharmonia...a brilliantly energised performance under conductor Long Yu."

Read the full Guardian article here. The evening's soloists

included Maxim Vengerov (violin), 11-year-old Chinese/Canadian Paloma So (violin), and Chinese Shenyang (bass-baritone).

February 23, 2017

Yu Launches Youth Music Culture Guangdong with World-Renowned Cellist, Yo-Yo Ma

Led by Long Yu (Chairman of the Artistic Committee) and Yo-Yo Ma (Artistic Director), the inaugural 2017 Youth Music Culture Guangdong (YMCG) launched on January 7. The two-week program is designed to focus on teaching orchestral, chamber, and self-organized playing and link this to a curriculum on “cultural citizenship” that emphasizes effective engagement with each other and society’s needs.

Read the Financial Times feature here.

Read the full Strings article here.

January 11, 2017

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