Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma



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]



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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Shocking: Karan Johar to be jailed for 5 years
  –  January 25, 2018
The filmmaker shared the stage along with well-known personalities like Yo-Yo Ma, Alice Bah Kuhnke, Minister for Culture and Democracy of Sweden and Arlie Russell Hochschild, Professor of Sociology at the University of California. The panel was discussing ...
Tickets Onsale Friday For the Orlando Philharmonic's 25th Anniversary Season Concert Featuring Yo-Yo Ma
  –  January 25, 2018
Tickets to see the world's most celebrated cellist, Yo-Yo Ma and violinist and composer Colin Jacobsen performing the Brahms Double Concerto with the full Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Eric Jacobsen, go on-sale to the general public this ...
Yo Yo Ma to play with the Orlando Philharmonic in May
  –  January 24, 2018
Few classical musicians have crossed over into the mainstream in the way that legendary cellist Yo Yo Ma has. From collaborations with John Williams and Bobby McFerrin to his Silk Road Ensemble and being named a U.N. Peace Ambassador, Yo Yo Ma has worn ...
Youth Music Culture Guangdong Musicians Rise to the Challenge of a Beethoven Marathon
  –  January 23, 2018
The marathon's culminating masterpiece was Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 ("Eroica") under the baton of Music Director Michael Stern with faculty, including Artistic Director Yo-Yo Ma, at the back of their respective sections. The Beethoven marathon presented ...
Oscar music nominations: A crowded field
  –  January 23, 2018
I plead guilty myself to tut-tutting about Williams’s part in Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration, when Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman approached him for help in figuring out what they could play after the president asked them both to perform and ...
In a time of unrest, dancing with love to heal all wounds
  –  January 23, 2018
One of them went viral in a collaboration with Yo Yo Ma; the other played Michael Jackson for the Cirque du Soleil. But you might know dancers Lil Buck and Jon Boogz best for their collaboration on the haunting video Color of Reality. In it, they ...
How Yo-Yo Ma inspired the Mister Rogers documentary 'Won't You Be My Neighbor'
  –  January 22, 2018
PARK CITY — Before there was the Disney Channel or Cartoon Network, most of America’s children sat down in front of the television every day for sage advice from their friend and neighbor Mister Rogers. From 1968-2001 (with a small break) the quiet ...
Coming to Davos: Power leaders, snow and Trump
  –  January 22, 2018
The line-up this year is frankly impressive. First you have the requisite celebs: Cate Blanchett, Elton John, Yo-Yo Ma and will.i.am, and all manner of bold-face media types. But the real action is with the heavy-hitting CEOs and business leaders ...
Guitarist Liona Boyd discovers encore career as singer-songwriter
  –  January 22, 2018
She toured with singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, recorded an album with Yo-Yo Ma and rock guitarists Eric Clapton and Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, played with John Williams and the Boston Pops, racked up five Juno Awards (Canada’s version of the ...
Sundance Film Review: ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’
  –  January 21, 2018
(As a punchline, Rogers’ middle name was “McFeely.”) Yet, of all Neville’s interview subjects, only cellist Yo-Yo Ma dares blurt that once, when Rogers leaned in three inches from his face and smiled, “It scared the living daylights out of me.”
Hang out with Mister Rogers again. That’s the pitch for Sundance documentary ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’
  –  January 21, 2018
After the screening, Neville, an Academy Award-winning director, recounted the movie’s origin. As he was working on a film about Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, 2016’s “The Music of Strangers,” Neville asked the famed cellist how he learned to ...
What is Davos?
  –  January 19, 2018
Bill Gates, Yo Yo Ma and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands walk into a bar. That's not the set-up for a lame joke, but rather an entirely plausible scenario as luminaries from the worlds of politics, business and other fields converge on Davos, Switzerland ...
Dance company, coming to Bethlehem, breaks barriers with ballet and break-dancing
  –  January 19, 2018
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., it was pretty heady stuff. Jacob Jonas The Company performed for the likes of cellist Yo-Yo Ma, arts philanthropists and notable figures such as David Rubenstein and Condoleezza Rice at the 2017 ...
  –  January 19, 2018
The band includes O'Connor (a multiple Grammy and CMA winner who has collaborated with people ranging from Dolly Parton to Wynton Marsalis to Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer), his wife Maggie (fiddle, vocals), son Forrest (mandolin, guitar, vocals) and Forrest's ...
Morgan Neville On His Mister Rogers Sundance Docu, New Netflix Series & Civility
  –  January 19, 2018
It was my idea, and I think part of it was that it was the voice I needed to hear right now. It started with a conversation I had with Yo-Yo Ma five years ago when I was starting a film with him. One day during lunch I asked him how he figured out how to ...
PBS celebrates ‘Mister Rogers’ 50th anniversary with special, classic episodes
  –  January 18, 2018
Famed musicians Yo Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman, who appeared on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” also are featured. Cast members Joe Negri (Handyman Negri) and David Newell (Mr. McFeely) share personal stories about Rogers, as does Joanne Rogers ...
PBS Marks ‘Mister Rogers’ 50th Anniversary
  –  January 18, 2018
Famed musicians Yo Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman, who appeared on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” also are featured. Cast members Joe Negri (Handyman Negri) and David Newell (Mr. McFeely) share personal stories about Rogers, as does Joanne Rogers ...
The Latest: PBS marks 'Mister Rogers' 50th anniversary
  –  January 18, 2018
Famed musicians Yo Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman, who appeared on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," also are featured. Cast members Joe Negri (Handyman Negri) and David Newell (Mr. McFeely) share personal stories about Rogers, as does Joanne Rogers, his widow.
World famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma inspires young musicians at Forest Lawn elementary school
  –  December 8, 2017
Only hours before his sold-out performance in Calgary Thursday, world famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma made time to meet with dozens of students at Keeler Elementary School in the heart of Forest Lawn. As part of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s PhilKids ...

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