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He grew up during China‘s Cultural Revolution, when Western classical music was banned. Today, Long Yu is the artistic director and chief conductor of the China Philharmonic and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and one of China‘s most successful and celebrated conductors. The New York Times even called him "the most powerful figure in China’s classical music scene". He's also a cultural ambassador promoting cooperation between East and West, and was the first who ever conducted a Chinese orchestra at the Vatican. Yu talks to Martina Fuchs about his life, the growing audiences of classical music in a rapidly changing China, and his role as a cultural diplomat.
Watch the interview here.