Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma



Yo-Yo Ma (born October 7, 1955) is a French-born Chinese American cellist.[2] Born in Paris, he spent his schooling years in New York City and was a child prodigy, performing from the age of four and a half. He graduated from the Juilliard School and Harvard University and has enjoyed a prolific career as both a soloist performing with orchestras around the world and a recording artist. He has recorded more than 90 albums and received 18 Grammy Awards.

In addition to recordings of the standard classical repertoire, he has recorded a wide variety of folk music such as American bluegrass music, traditional Chinese melodies, the tangos of Argentinian composer Ástor Piazzolla, and Brazilian music. He also collaborated with Grammy Award-winning jazz singer Bobby McFerrin. Ma's primary performance instrument is a Montagnana cello crafted in 1733 valued at US$2.5 million.

He has been a United Nations Messenger of Peace since 2006.[3]

He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2001,[4] Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011, and the Polar Music Prize in 2012.[5]



Brigitte Klassik zum Genießen: Yo-Yo Ma
Brigitte Klassik zum Genießen: Yo-Yo Ma is an album by musical artist Yo-Yo Ma, released on September 22, 2017.
Songs of Joy & Peace
Songs of Joy and Peace is a Christmas music album by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, released on October 14, 2008.
Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone
Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone is a 2004 album of recordings from Morricone's various film scores by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Ennio Morricone.

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  –  October 26, 2017
BURLINGTON — Acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott join together at the Flynn Center’s main stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2. There are no seats currently available for this event. Seats may open up closer to the performance date.
David Rubenstein, Private Equity Titan, Passes the Torch
  –  October 26, 2017
Mr. Rubenstein even has his own talk show on Bloomberg Television, where his guests have included Oprah Winfrey and Yo-Yo Ma. The Carlyle Group, which has headquarters in Washington, manages about $170 billion in assets around the world, spread across ...
Pomfret Native Returns, Strings Attached
  –  October 26, 2017
“This guy came up and said, ‘That was amazing,’ ” Wright said. “ ‘You’re no Yo-Yo Ma, but you’ll do.’ ” The Fretless performs at the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre on Sunday afternoon at 4. While admission is by a suggested donation of $15 ...
Yo-Yo Ma steps down from Silkroad Ensemble
  –  October 25, 2017
Yo-Yo Ma has announced that he is stepping down from the artistic directorship of Silkroad, previously known as the Silk Road Project, and the Silkroad Ensemble. Founded by Ma in 1998, the project has aimed to promote multicultural artistic collaboration ...
Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz Series welcomes the Bob Washut Trio
  –  October 24, 2017
His performing credits include collaboration projects and appearances with world-class artists ranging from Bob Berg, Mulgrew Miller, Conrad Herwig, and Benny Golson to Itzhac Perlman, Yo Yo Ma, and Ray Charles, to name just a few. He also has recorded ...
Zakir Hussain leaps borders with all-star jazz & Indian music band Crosscurrents
  –  October 24, 2017
His collaborators have ranged from Van Morrison, Yo-Yo Ma, Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart and Béla Fleck to the Kronos Quartet, the Mark Morris Dance Group, the National Symphony Orchestra and such jazz luminaries as Herbie Hancock, Charles Lloyd and ...
Just in: Yo Yo Ma steps down from Silkroad Ensemble
  –  October 24, 2017
Silkroad turns twenty next year. Like a teenager approaching adulthood, we are exploring our purpose in the world. For us, this means thinking about how to share what we have learned to build a more hopeful future. One thing we have discovered is the joy ...
Life of young Plainview native inspires memorial music symposium, concert
  –  October 24, 2017
At the opening ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Jessop conducted the Morman Tabernacle Choir and Utah Symphony Orchestra, working with world-renowned artists Sting and Yo-Yo Ma and composers John Williams and Michael Kamen.
The Knights, Mandolinist Avi Avital, Clarinetist Kinan Azmeh to Play at UCSB
  –  October 23, 2017
The Knights have collaborated and toured with world-renowned musicians including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Lise de la Salle, Joshua Redman, Silk Road virtuoso Siamak Aghaei and pipa virtuoso Wu Man. Their most recent album, Azul, featured the world ...
The Best Concerts in Miami This Week, October 23-29
  –  October 23, 2017
Toadies: 7:30 p.m., $22.50. Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale, 954-564-1074, cultureroom.net. Yo-Yo Ma Plays Strauss: 8 p.m., $16-$215. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-949-6722, arshtcenter.org.
New Bedford makes its pitch to impress, attract Amazon
  –  October 21, 2017
“As a city of culture, New Bedford is the place where you can have a great seat to Yo-Yo Ma, the B-52s and a Bob Woodward lecture. And as a city of innovation, we transformed the whaling industry and are leaders in establishing the first American port to ...
Composer from Juilliard to perform at New Music Festival
  –  October 20, 2017
Zyman’s music has been performed worldwide by artists including operatic tenor Plácido Domingo, cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Carlos Prieto, ensembles such as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra, Paris Sinfonietta and the National ...
Jake Shimabukuro’s ukulele launched a career, and a magical adventure
  –  October 20, 2017
After the song scored more than 15 million views, a number of noteworthy musicians, such as Yo Yo Ma, Cyndi Lauper and Jimmy Buffett, asked if Shimabukuro would join them in the studio or on tour. “What blew me away was how diverse the recording artists ...
The fast fingers of Jake Shimabukuro
  –  October 19, 2017
After the song scored more than 15 million views online, a number of noteworthy musicians, such as Yo-Yo Ma, Cyndi Lauper and Jimmy Buffett, asked if Shimabukuro would join them in the studio or on tour. "It's been beyond my wildest dreams to play with ...
Quick Picks: Chris Botti concert, Catapult dance, World of Dance Live, "Only the Brave"
  –  October 19, 2017
With a style that fuses jazz and pop, Botti has recorded and performed with the likes of Sting, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Josh Groban, Yo-Yo Ma and Michael Buble, to name a few. A road warrior, he also has performed with many of the finest ...
Avi Avital with the Knights and Kinan Azmeh to Appear at the Broad Stage Wednesday, November 8
  –  October 18, 2017
Clarinetist and composer, Kinan Azmeh, a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, was one of the musicians affected by the travel ban in 2017. He was unable to fly back to NYC, which he called home for 16 years, first arriving to the city in 2001 to ...
BSO Music Director Named 2018 Artist Of The Year
  –  October 17, 2017
Andris Nelsons joins the ranks of Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky, Benjamin Britten, Yo-Yo Ma and Anne-Sophie Mutter in receiving the honor from Musical America. The organization, founded as a weekly newspaper in 1898, is hailed as the bible of the ...
How to Improve Technology in Music Education
  –  October 14, 2017
Yo Yo Ma Technology surrounds us: in the workplace, at home, and ever-increasingly, at school. In recent years, technology has evolved and grown to become integral to all of us. However, advancements in education have remained stagnant for most of that ...
Harry Harelik, Board of Contributors: Renée Fleming’s superstar appearance highlights season
  –  October 14, 2017
The world-renowned Itzhak Perlman was here in 2004. Many will remember the sold-out concert of international cellist Yo-Yo Ma during the 2015-2016 symphony season. And Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Yekwon Sunwoo helped us begin our current season with the ...
Yo-Yo Ma does the impossible at the Hollywood Bowl
  –  September 13, 2017
He was a very small figure seated on a wide expanse, a large stage empty but for a cellist on a chair. The Hollywood Bowl shell was lighted midnight blue. The amphitheater was probably kept as dark as the fire marshal would allow. Few of the more than ...
Yo-Yo Ma's concert plea helps bring friend's lost puppy home
  –  August 7, 2017
With Yo-Yo Ma's help, a friend was able to bring his lost puppy home. The cellist on Sunday made an impassioned plea to nearly 14,000 concertgoers after a matinee at Tanglewood in Massachusetts to ask them to help find conductor David Zinman's lost puppy.

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