Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma

 

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Yo-Yo Ma (born October 7, 1955) is a French-born 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]

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Brigitte Klassik zum Genießen: Yo-Yo Ma
Album
Brigitte Klassik zum Genießen: Yo-Yo Ma is an album by musical artist Yo-Yo Ma, released on September 22, 2017.
 
Silkroad
 
Songs of Joy & Peace
 
Songs of Joy and Peace is a Christmas music album by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, released on October 14, 2008.
The Goat Rodeo Sessions
 
The Goat Rodeo Sessions is a 2011 collaborative album by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile.

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Popular Albums58

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Popular Songs3

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Minor Film Appearances & References12

TV Shows8

Collaborators & Influencers85

Other Music-Related Relationships9

Personal & Professional Relationships8

Commercial & Non-Profit Relationships1

Awards & Nominations24

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News Articles28

Mark O’Connor Band to make it a family affair at Red Clay Music Foundry
  –  February 28, 2018
The former child prodigy on the fiddle, guitar and mandolin has become a multitime Grammy and Country Music Award winner and has worked with some of the biggest names in the business, including Johnny Cash, Wynton Marsalis, Dolly Parton and Yo-Yo Ma.
Jackson Square Allstars to bring New Orleans sound to Heartwood for two nights
  –  February 28, 2018
He’s played the Lincoln Center and collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma. He’s premiered original compositions at Carnegie Hall, scored soundtracks for Francis Ford Coppola and participated in an international TED Conference. Today, he plays on the streets of New ...
Editorials from around New York
  –  February 28, 2018
There was no one like him. On March 6, Michael Keaton will host a PBS special on Rogers, "It's You I Like," featuring Comedian Silverman, Lithgow and other celebrities like Whoopi Goldberg, Yo-Yo Ma, Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding, actor/producer Judd ...
A Tribute to Mr. Rogers Airs on PBS In March
  –  February 28, 2018
The star-studded special will include tributes and performances from Judd Apatow, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Bennett, Yo-Yo Ma, Sarah Silverman, and Joyce DiDonato. Joe Negri (“Handyman Negri”), David Newell (“Mr. McFeely”) and Joanne Rogers will also ...
It’s an awesome week for classical music, especially if you love Brahms
  –  February 28, 2018
Tilson Thomas joins previously named American Honorary members Bob Dylan, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Levin, Martin Scorsese, Alice Waters, Leontyne Price, and Meryl Streep.
Mister Rogers: It's You I Like
  –  February 28, 2018
Judd Apatow, Joyce DiDonato, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Kratt, John Lithgow, Yo-Yo Ma and son Nicholas Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Sarah Silverman, Esperanza Spalding and Caroll Spinney reveal their favorite memories from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, while Joe Negri ...
Mister Rogers: It's You I Like | Special
  –  February 28, 2018
Keaton worked as a stagehand and made appearances on the series in the 1970. Judd Apatow, Joyce DiDonato, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Kratt, John Lithgow, Yo-Yo Ma and son Nicholas Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Sarah Silverman, Esperanza Spalding and Caroll Spinney ...
Splice Acquires Online Music Community Indaba, Free Rubber Tracks Sample Library
  –  February 28, 2018
Founded 12 years ago, Indaba has been a pioneer in online music collaboration, including remix competitions with high-profile artists and contests for licensing placements with major brands including Jack Antonoff, Usher, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Glasper ...
Renowned trumpet player to perform at gala
  –  February 28, 2018
Botti also has recorded and performed with notable musicians that have included Sting, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Josh Groban and Yo-Yo Ma, and has performed in Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House and the Real Teatro i San Carlo in Italy.
Beyond Glamor And Gold, Beyond Sex And Scandal — The Beautiful Renderings Of Klimt And Schiele At The MFA
  –  February 27, 2018
I was one of the invitees), and such local and national luminaries as Yo-Yo Ma, James Carroll, Barbara Lynch, and Diane Paulus. The commentary for “Klimt and Schiele: Drawn” is both economical and eloquent (especially Schiele’s own statements ...
Janine Jansen Concludes Perspectives Series with The Philadelphia Orchestra
  –  February 27, 2018
cellist Yo-Yo Ma; pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Leif Ove Andsnes, Martha Argerich, Emanuel Ax, Evgeny Kissin, Maurizio Pollini, András Schiff, Peter Serkin, and Mitsuko Uchida; sopranos Renée Fleming and Dawn Upshaw; mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato ...
Chicago-area conductor Edwin Outwater to lead ESO concerts March 3-4
  –  February 27, 2018
Highlights include collaborations with artists such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Kurt Masur, and Yo-Yo Ma in subscription appearances, and conducting and curating programs in SoundBox, the Symphony's innovative new performance space. Outwater premiered and ...
Trio da Paz brings Brazilian Jazz to Bickford Theatre in Morris Township
  –  February 26, 2018
Romero Lubambo is a master at the guitar who has worked with a long list of outstanding artists including Dianne Reeves, Yo-Yo Ma, Kathleen Battle, Herbie Mann, Larry Coryell, Pacquito D’Rivera, Dave Weckl and, most regularly, Diana Krall. Bassist Nilson ...
Splice Acquires Indaba Music, Online Music Community That Pioneered Remix Contests & Created the Rubber Tracks Sample Library
  –  February 26, 2018
Its most notable campaigns have featured major artists and brands including Jack Antonoff, Usher, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Glasper, Red Bull, X-Box, Sony Electronics, and hundreds more. Splice will now expand remix competitions and begin to offer other activations ...
Fred Rogers, America's favorite neighbor, celebrated in 2018
  –  February 25, 2018
And I think that's under assault these days." Lithgow, whose kids were enchanted by Rogers growing up, is joining Silverman and celebrities like Whoopi Goldberg, Yo-Yo Ma, Esperanza Spalding, Judd Apatow and host Michael Keaton for the public television ...
Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble
  –  February 25, 2018
There’s a lot of kindness and optimism on display in this feature-length doc from Oscar-winning film-maker Morgan Neville. It profiles Yo-Yo Ma, the celebrated Chinese-American cellist, and follows the globetrotting of the Silk Road Ensemble – a ...
Landscape-sized portraits of immigrants light up Boston
  –  February 24, 2018
Between dusk and dawn, larger-than-life portraits of immigrants from French cellist Yo-Yo Ma to farm workers are being projected onto 18 buildings, bridges and trees around Boston to highlight their unique contributions. NewsHour Weekend’s Mori Rothman ...
Aiken Symphony Orchestra to present 'The Spirit of Romanticism' with Grammy-winning cellist
  –  February 24, 2018
The Cello Concerto in E minor, op. 85 by Edward Elgar (1857–1934) may be the composer’s work with the most universal appeal; Pablo Casals, Paul Tortelier, Jacqueline du Pré and Yo-Yo Ma are among the cellists who have made landmark recordings of it.
Let’s Get Frank: Gehry on New York, LA and the Future of Design
  –  February 24, 2018
“And a lot of my life is spent with those people. Gustavo Dudamel, Pierre Boulez, Yo-Yo Ma. I love those people, and when I can, I hang out with them, I go to their concerts. Pierre died, but we made a building in Berlin and named it after him—the ...
Wu Man and Huayin Shadow Puppet Band Coming to UCSB
  –  February 24, 2018
Wu Man is the world’s premier master of the pipa, a “one-woman force of nature,” reports Gramophone. A principal member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, her adventurous spirit and virtuosity lead to collaborations across artistic disciplines.
Fred Rogers, America's favorite neighbor, celebrated 50 years later
  –  February 23, 2018
And I think that’s under assault these days.” Lithgow, whose kids were enchanted by Rogers growing up, is joining Silverman and celebrities like Whoopi Goldberg, Yo-Yo Ma, Esperanza Spalding, Judd Apatow and host Michael Keaton for the public televisio ...
SFChronicle critics’ picks: What to do the week of Feb. 25
  –  February 23, 2018
8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F. www.sfsymphony.org Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos and Yo-Yo Ma: A gathering of chamber music royalty perform piano trios by Schubert and Brahms. 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, Zellerbach Hall ...
'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood' at 50: Collaborators & Children's Singers Talk About His Musical Impact
  –  February 23, 2018
In my shop on the show, where most of the music segments took place, the artists were always first class. The Yo-Yo Ma appearance was my absolute favorite. I was in such awe of him and he was just so nice and warm and easy to work with. He told us a funny ...
All-star trio bring Brahms brilliance to Symphony Hall
  –  February 22, 2018
The trio of violinist Leonidas Kavakos, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and pianist Emanuel Ax is not one such group. At every juncture of Wednesday night’s all-Brahms Celebrity Series concert at Symphony Hall, it was clear the musicians were of three unique minds ...
A Lullaby, a Caress: Yo-Yo Ma, Ax and Kavakos on Brahms
  –  February 22, 2018
Classical superstars have long come together to form chamber groups, and there is a particularly distinguished tradition of doing that for Brahms’s piano trios. Just scan the internet for Artur Rubinstein, Jascha Heifetz and Emanuel Feuermann, say, or ...
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra collaborates with American Ballet Theatre
  –  February 22, 2018
The Lied Center, at the university's flagship campus in Lincoln, has a mission to bring in important artists who might ordinarily perform only in major cities, including cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Idina Menzel, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Go! Magazine's go ...
Chicago-area Conductor Edwin Outwater will lead the ESO in upcoming concerts featuring works by Beethoven and Shostakovich
  –  February 21, 2018
Highlights include collaborations with artists such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Kurt Masur, and Yo-Yo Ma in subscription appearances, and conducting and curating programs in SoundBox, the Symphony's innovative new performance space. Outwater premiered and ...
Joyce DiDonato, Igor Levit in Schubert Club's International Artist lineup
  –  February 21, 2018
We’ve been spoiled by seeing people like Vladimir Horowitz, Leontyne Price, Mstislav Rostropovich, Cecilia Bartoli, Bryn Terfel, Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming and Lang Lang. Nov. 29 and Dec. 1: Samuel Hasselhorn, baritone, and Renate Rohlfing, piano.

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