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Yo-Yo Ma

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Yo-Yo Ma is a world-famous Chinese-American cellist. He is considered one of the best cellists in the world and has made over 50 albums.

He was born to Chinese parents living in Paris. He began to study the cello with his father at age 4 and soon came with his family to New York, where he spent most of his formative years. Later, his principal teacher was Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School. He sought out a traditional liberal arts education to expand upon his conservatory training, graduating from Harvard University in 1976.

Yo-Yo Ma has been called “the most omnivorous of all cellists” by critics and indeed possesses a far more eclectic repertoire than typical for a classical player. He has performed and recorded Baroque pieces on period instruments, American bluegrass music, traditional Chinese melodies, the Argentinian tangos of Astor Piazzolla, Brazilian music, the soundtrack to the film Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and Philip Glass’s minimalist score of Naqoyqatsi in addition to numerous recordings of the standard classical repertoire. His latest CD is a collaboration with other musicians for the Memoirs of a Geisha soundtrack.

Yo-Yo Ma’s main performance instrument is a very fine 1733 Montagnana cello. He also plays the Davidoff Stradivarius from 1712, which was also played by Jacqueline du Pre.

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  • Ferdokki

    I love this guy soooo much! I discovered him as a kid while watching "Sesame Street" or "Arthur" or something. Been hooked since! He's such an amazing and talented man!

    17 Jul 5:41am Reply
  • Keolia

    Beautiful work~

    18 May 3:24am Reply
  • benxander

    Irritating that the majority of Yo-Yo Ma's discography on Spotify doesn't scrobble to his name as more often than not they've put other contributors in front of his name on the track titles...

    8 Feb 2:10pm Reply
  • gat0rgirl13

    Thought this was an indie rock band. What a pleasant surprise

    28 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Tyou_uta

    Nice!

    28 Aug 2013 Reply
  • mrmocha

    If it ain't baroque don't fix it...

    28 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Jazzyjoose

    As a fellow cello player, he is my reason for being! ♥

    18 Dec 2012 Reply
  • TheDarkSide73

    He sounds like he's got a hip hop name..lol..

    30 Nov 2012 Reply
  • RPCrowhill

    How freakin' talented and skilled is he?

    25 Oct 2012 Reply
  • plahoop

    I fucking love Yo-Yo Ma.

    11 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Dark-Devourer

    Malena simply wonderful! I truly adore you Yo-Yo Ma!

    22 Jul 2012 Reply
  • tyrealg

    Saw dude at the 25th/35th reunion for the class of 76/86 in Harvard. Dude graduated in '76 and my dad graduated in '86, so we saw the Boston Orchestra and he performed there too for the graduates/graduates' kids (including me). SWOOP.

    26 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Startoucher13

    I love him!

    19 May 2012 Reply
  • Txyafalowne

    Wow

    23 Feb 2012 Reply
  • VK1990

    Cristal

    22 Jan 2012 Reply
  • VietMoneys

    This bio is atrocious.

    18 Jan 2012 Reply
  • leniel

    Yo-Yo Ma performing T. Dun: 'The Eternal Vow' from Crouching Tiger is amazing...

    10 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Dezstruction78

    beautiful

    25 Nov 2011 Reply
  • grantmarteeth

    why isn't there a Last.fm page for the Goat Rodeo sessions?

    28 Oct 2011 Reply
  • TemuryanVadim

    По поводу Yo-Yo Ma Стив Джобс однажды сказал, что это был лучший кейс доказательства существования бога. ____ нихуяссе

    27 Oct 2011 Reply
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