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Ma, Yo-Yo

Ma, Yo-Yo

Born in 1955


Inducted in 2007

Yo-Yo Ma was born October 7, 1955 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, later studying with 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. The many-faceted career of cellist Yo-Yo Ma is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences, and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Whether performing a new concerto, revisiting a familiar work from the cello repertoire, coming together with colleagues for chamber music or exploring musical forms outside of the Western classical tradition, Mr. Ma strives to find connections that stimulate the imagination. Yo-Yo Ma is strongly committed to educational programs that not only bring young audiences into contact with music but also allow them to participate in its creation. One of his goals is the exploration of music as a means of communication, and as a vehicle for the migrations of ideas, across a range of cultures throughout the world. Mr. Ma is an exclusive Sony Classical artist, and his discography of over 75 albums (including more than 15 Grammy award winners) reflects his wide-ranging interests. In addition to the standard concerto repertoire, Mr. Ma has recorded many of the large body of works that he has commissioned or premiered.


Listen to Ma, Yo-Yo

"Cello Suite No. 1, BWV 1007 "

Movement: Prelude
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma
Courtesy Of: Sony Classical

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