Long Yu

Chicago Tribune: Shanghai Symphony Brings 140-Year Tradition to America

Chicago Tribune: Shanghai Symphony Brings 140-Year Tradition to America

When the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra makes its Chicago-area debut Aug. 16 at the Ravinia Festival, no one will be prouder of the occasion than its music director, Long Yu.

The New York Times: Yo-Yo Ma and Wu Man with Long Yu Play With Cinematic Sweep

The New York Times: Yo-Yo Ma and Wu Man with Long Yu Play With Cinematic Sweep

“A Happy Excursion” had a fitting companion in Tchaikovsky’s emotive “Pathétique” Symphony. The [New York] 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.

South China Morning Post: Passing the baton: Chinese conductors finally get their chance on the big stage

South China Morning Post: Passing the baton: Chinese conductors finally get their chance on the big stage

After years of relying on Westerners, symphony orchestras across China are turning to a fresh generation of Chinese musical directors.

Forbes: Isaac Stern's Pioneering Spirit Lives On Via Shanghai Event, $100,000 Prize

Forbes: Isaac Stern's Pioneering Spirit Lives On Via Shanghai Event, $100,000 Prize

Though [Isaac Stern] died at age 81 in 2001, his spirit lives on in the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition, a bi-annual international violin competition to be held starting Aug. 10 with winners to be announced on Sept. 1. The $100,000 first prize is the largest in the world for a violin competition.

The New York Times: Watch Ping-Pong Make Its New York Philharmonic Debut with Maestro Long Yu

The New York Times: Watch Ping-Pong Make Its New York Philharmonic Debut with Maestro Long Yu

Michael Landers and Ariel Hsing, table tennis champions in their early 20s, are featured as the Ping-Pong-playing soloists in Andy Akiho’s energetic concerto “Ricochet,” which will have its American premiere on Tuesday as part of the Philharmonic’s Lunar New Year gala. And yes, this is the first time a Ping-Pong table has been onstage at David Geffen Hall.

Bachtrack: Variations of tension, energy and contrast with Long Yu and the Hong Kong Phil

Bachtrack: Variations of tension, energy and contrast with Long Yu and the Hong Kong Phil

First, a disclaimer: I have been an admirer of Long Yu’s conducting skills – not that he can do no wrong, but that he can usually make up for it by delivering tension, energy and contrast in whatever is at hand. Friday evening’s collection of variations with the Hong Kong Philharmonic was a case in point.