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Interview: Conductor Long Yu

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As part of our China in New York festival, from Sunday, January 22 to Sunday, January 29, WQXR Host David Garland interviews a different Chinese-born musician, composer or conductor who has lived in the United States and has become prominent to New York City audiences.

Born in 1964, Maestro Long Yu has a lot on his plate. He is currently the artistic director and chief conductor of the China Philharmonic, music director of the Shanghai and Guanzhou Symphony Orchestras, and artistic director of the Beijing Music Festival.


Yu has won praise as a solid conductor with extraordinary management and fund-raising abilities, as well as strong ties to China’s political elite, something vital for an appointed conductor. And while he has upset some musicians with his dominant presence in China, he is also seen as a champion of the arts.

In celebration of the Lunar New Year, he guest-conducts the New York Philharmonic for the first time and stops by the WQXR studios to talk with us.