Yu Long is the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the China Philharmonic Orchestra, which he co-founded in 2000, and the Music Director of the Shanghai and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras. All three ensembles tour actively internationally and feature the world’s top soloists. Maestro Yu is also the Founding Artistic Director of the Beijing Music Festival, as well as Artistic Co-Director of the MISA Festival, bringing classical music to the young people of Shanghai. From the 2015/16 concert season for an initial three year term, he was appointed to be the Principal Guest Conductor of Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
Maestro Yu regularly appears with the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies including Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, BBC Symphony, Hamburg State Opera, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Singapore Symphony.
Yu Long has created China’s first orchestral academy partnering the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Conservatory and the New York Philharmonic. The academy’s mission is to introduce China’s growing audiences to key Western repertoire.
Yu Long was born in 1964 into a family of musicians in Shanghai. His grandfather Ding Shande, a renowned composer, inspired his passion for music and encouraged him to study at the Shanghai Conservatory and the Hochschule der Kunst in Berlin. Upon returning to China, Maestro was appointed Principal Conductor of the Central Opera Theatre in Beijing. 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 Italy honoured Maestro Long Yu with the title of L’onorificenza di commendatore.
Recently France has recognized Maestro Yu Long's leadership in strengthening China's cultural connections with other nations around the world by awarding him its highest honour of merit, the fabled Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur.