The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (SSO) under conductor Long Yu has signed to Deutsche Grammophon.

Their first recording for the label will be an album of Chinese and Russian repertoire, due for release in 2019 to coincide with the orchestra’s 140th anniversary.

Long Yu said: ‘Shanghai’s profile as an international city, open to the world and cultural exchange, makes it the ideal place to explore fresh ideas and look at ways of bringing together the best of Chinese and western culture.

‘This is why it’s such an exciting moment for us to join Deutsche Grammophon’s global family of artists. We are determined to reach out to people across the world and will now be able to connect with new listeners through our recordings for the yellow label.

I look forward to recordings works by Chinese composers and sharing these and the wonderful artistry that the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra brings to the great symphonic repertoire with international audiences.’

Dr Clemens Trautmann, president of Deutsche Grammophon, said: ‘We will collaborate with these leading and inspiring musicians and institutions in the world’s most vibrant classical music environment.

‘The artistic work Long Yu has accomplished with the Shanghai Symphony in the last decade is truly remarkable. The recordings will help draw global attention to the outstanding musicianship of Long Yu and the SSO and foster the already significant profile of Deutsche Grammophon in China.’