Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, EOS Orchestra Academy
The defining vision of the EOS Orchestra Academy has come from its Artistic Director, Principal Conductor and Founder, Maestro Yongyan Hu. A graduate of the Central Conservatory of Music, Maestro Hu also studied at Yale University and the Juilliard School. Since 1999 Maestro Hu has served as the critically acclaimed Music Director and Conductor of the Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra. He has also served as the Music Director and Conductor of Minnesota’s Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra (1995-2000) and Nebraska’s Lincoln Symphony Orchestra (1993-1998).
With his versatile, energetic style, Maestro Hu is in high demand as a guest conductor. In recent years he has led such groups as the Orchestre National de France, London’s Royal Philharmonic, Germany’s Hamburg Symphony, New York’s Buffalo Philharmonic, the New Jersey Symphony, the Singapore Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the China Philharmonic and at Vienna’s Wien Modern contemporary music festival. In 2004 and 2005 Maestro Hu received critical acclaim for conducting at Germany’s young.euro.classic and Beethoven Festival. He was the featured conductor with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in Los Angeles for a concert broadcast around the world. A career highlight was conducting the New York Choral Society’s performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony as well as China’s beloved Yellow River Cantata in his 2003 Carnegie Hall debut.
Maestro Hu has performed with such extraordinary artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Barbara Hendricks and Pinchas Zukerman, as well as contemporary performers as Charlotte Church, Nana Mouskouri, Mark O’Connor and Doc Severinsen. Maestro Yongyan Hu devotes a high level of passionate energy towards shaping the EOS Orchestra Academy into a professional Chinese orchestra on par with its international counterparts.