Long Yu has given up his artistic directorship of the Beijing Music Festival to Shuang Zou, a member of his planning team.
Long Yu remains artistic director of the China Philharmonic Orchestra, music director of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, co-director of MISA Shanghai Summer Festival and principal guest conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic.
From his statement: Starting today, I will officially step down as the Artistic Director of BMF. Ms. Zou Shuang, currently the assistant Programing Director of BMF, will formally serve as the Artistic Director for the 21st Beijing Music Festival in 2018. In the future, the Artistic Director will serve on a rotational basis for a term of x years. In the future, I will continue serving as the Chairman of the Artistic Committee. I, along with the other Artistic Committee members and the BMF team, will give our full support to the new Artistic Director. As part of the BMF team, I will serve the BMF for my entire life, and spare no effort!