• Artistic Director of the China Philharmonic Orchestra
• Music Director of the Shanghai and Guangzhou Symphony orchestras
• Principal Guest conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
• Artistic Director of the Beijing Music Festival
• Co-director of MISA Shanghai Summer Festival
Chinese conductor Long Yu is currently Artistic Director of the Beijing Music Festival and the China Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Director of the Shanghai and Guangzhou Symphony orchestras, co-director of the MISA Shanghai Summer Festival, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He is currently Vice-President of the Chinese Musicians Association, and member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.
Long Yu frequently conducts some of the world’s leading opera companies and orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, Washington National Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Bamberg Symphony, Hamburg State Opera, Munich Philharmonics, Sydney Symphony, BBC Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Sinfonie Orchester Leipzig, NDR Sinfonieorchester, Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester Leipzig, NDR Sinfonieorchester and Orchestre de Paris. In 2008, for the first time in history, the China Philharmonic Orchestra performed under his baton at the Vatican in the Paul VI Auditorium. The concert was attended by Pope Benedict XVI.
Long Yu’s career has included both artistic and administrative appointments. In 1992, he was appointed principal conductor of the Central Opera Theatre in Beijing and involved in the planning of the Chinese New Year concert series later that year and served 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 is 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, Long Yu 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 is the recipient of numerous international awards and titles, including the Arts Patronage Award of the Montblanc Cultural Foundation (2002), Chevalier dans L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2003), the Atlantic Council’s Global Citizen Award, and was a 2016 inductee to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.