Maestro Yu Long
Global Citizen Award
The preeminent Chinese conductor with an established international reputation, Maestro Yu Long is currently Artistic Director of the Beijing Music Festival and the China Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Director of the Shanghai and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras, the Codirector of MISA Shanghai Summer Festival, and he will serve as the Principal Guest Conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra starting from the 2015/16 season.
Maestro Yu Long frequently conducts top-class orchestras around the world. He has appeared with a prestigious list of leading orchestras and many opera companies, including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg State Opera, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester Leipzig, NDR Sinfonieorchester, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, and Singapore Symphony Orchestra. In 2008, for the first time in history, the China Philharmonic Orchestra performed under the baton of Maestro Yu Long at the Vatican in the Paul VI Auditorium. The concert was attended by Pope Benedict XIV and marked a giant step in bringing eastern and western cultures closer together.
Maestro Yu Long’s career has included both artistic and administrative appointments. In 1992, he was appointed Principal Conductor of the Central Opera Theatre in Beijing and was involved in the planning of the Chinese New Year’s Concert series later that year, serving as its conductor for three consecutive years. He created opera productions for The Urban Council of Hong Kong for five successive years. In 1998, he led the creation of the Beijing Music Festival and has been its Artistic Director ever since. Under his leadership, the Beijing Music Festival has come to be regarded as one of the world’s most important music festivals. In 2005, with the provincial government’s support, he built up the Canton International Summer Music Academy and became its Chairman for the following three years. He also established the MISA Shanghai Summer Music Festival in 2010 and later that year, the Canton Asian Music Festival.
Born in 1964 into a music family in Shanghai, Maestro Yu Long received his early musical education from his grandfather Ding Shande, a composer of great renown, and went on to study at the Shanghai Conservatory and the Hochschule der Kunst in Berlin. He was the recipient of the 2002 Arts Patronage Award of the Montblanc Cultural Foundation. He also has been awarded the Chevalier dans L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2003 and the title of L’onorificenza di commendatore by President Berlusconi in 2005 for his outstanding contribution in the field of music and culture. In 2010, he received an Honorary Academician from the Central Conservatory of Beijing for his great dedication on cultural exchanging and music development in China. In December 2010, he was awarded People of the Year in Arts Field in China. In 2013, he was awarded the China Arts Award, China’s national level arts award. In December 2014, he was awarded France’s highest honor of merit by receiving Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur from the French government. Maestro Yu Long is currently Vice President of the Chinese Musicians Association and a member of the eleventh and twelfth National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.