China’s #1 conductor backs out

China’s #1 conductor backs out


norman lebrecht

November 18, 2015

Long Yu, the all-conquering  music director of the China Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony and Guangzhou Symphony orchestras and artistic director of the Beijing Music Festival, has cancelled this month’s engagements in Liverpool and Houston with a back injury.

Too much on his plate, perhaps? He is also principal guest conductor in Hong Kong and a regular with the New York Philharmonic.

We wish him a swift recovery.



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Official statement:


Due to a back injury, Maestro Long Yu had to cancel his upcoming November Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Houston Symphony dates. Aleksandar Marković will fill-in Nov. 19-22 in the U.K. while Perry So will take the baton in Houston Nov. 27-29.