The Info List - 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
Juilliard School
and Harvard University
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
National Medal of Arts
in 2001,[4] Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011, and the Polar Music Prize
Polar Music Prize
in 2012.[5]


1 Early life and studies 2 Career

2.1 Silk Road
Silk Road

3 Playing style 4 Instruments 5 Notable live performances 6 Media appearances 7 Name and genealogy 8 Personal life 9 Discography 10 In popular culture 11 Notable awards and recognitions 12 References 13 External links

Early life and studies[edit] Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma
was born in Paris
on October 7, 1955, to Chinese parents and had a musical upbringing. His mother, Marina Lu, was a singer and his father, Hiao-Tsiun Ma, was a violinist and professor of music at Nanjing National Central University (predecessor of the present-day Nanjing University). His sister, Yeou-Cheng Ma, played the violin before obtaining a medical degree and becoming a pediatrician.[6] The family moved to New York when Ma was seven years old.[7][8] At a young age, Ma began studying violin and piano and later viola, finally settling on the cello in 1960 at age four. According to Ma, his first choice was the double bass due to its large size, but he compromised and took up cello instead. The child prodigy began performing before audiences at age five and performed for Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower
and John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy
when he was seven.[9][10] At age eight, he appeared on American television with his sister, Yeou-Cheng Ma,[11] in a concert conducted by Leonard Bernstein. In 1964, Isaac Stern
Isaac Stern
introduced them on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and they performed the Sonata of Sammartini. He attended Trinity School in New York but transferred to the Professional Children's School, from which he graduated at age 15.[12] He appeared as a soloist with the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra
Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra
in a performance of the Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations.

A painting featuring Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma
in Currier House, his residence at Harvard

Ma studied at The Juilliard School
Juilliard School
at age 19 with Leonard Rose
Leonard Rose
and attended Columbia University
Columbia University
but dropped out. He later enrolled at Harvard
College. Prior to entering Harvard, Ma played in the Marlboro Festival Orchestra under the direction of cellist and conductor Pablo Casals. Ma would ultimately spend four summers at the Marlboro Music Festival after meeting and falling in love with Mount Holyoke College sophomore and festival administrator Jill Hornor his first summer there in 1972.[13] However, even before that time, Ma had steadily gained fame and had performed with many of the world's major orchestras. He has also played chamber music, often with the pianist Emanuel Ax, with whom he has a close friendship back from their days together at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. Ma received his bachelor's degree from Harvard
in 1976.[14] In 1991, he received an honorary doctorate from Harvard.[15] Career[edit]

Ma performs at the White House for (left to right, seated) President Ronald Reagan, Crown Princess Michiko and Crown Prince Akihito
of Japan, and Nancy Reagan, October 1987

In 1997, he was featured on John Williams' soundtrack to the Hollywood film Seven Years in Tibet. In 2000, he was heard on the soundtrack of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
and, in 2003, on that of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. He collaborated with Williams again on the original score for the 2005 film Memoirs of a Geisha. Ma has also worked with Italian composer Ennio Morricone
Ennio Morricone
and has recorded Morricone's compositions of the Dollars Trilogy
Dollars Trilogy
including The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in America, The Mission, and The Untouchables. He also has over 90 albums, 18 of which are Grammy Award winners. Ma is a recipient of the International Center in New York's Award of Excellence. Ma was named Peace Ambassador by then-UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in January 2006.[16] He is a founding member of the influential Chinese-American Committee of 100, which addresses the concerns of Americans of Chinese heritage.[17] On November 3, 2009, President Obama appointed Ma to serve on the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.[18] His music was featured in the 2010 documentary Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story, narrated by Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman.[19][20][21] In 2010, Ma was named Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In partnership with the orchestra's music director, Riccardo Muti, he launched the Citizen Musician initiative.[22] Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma
is represented by the independent artist management firm Opus 3 Artists.[23] Also in 2010, he appeared on a solo album by guitarist Carlos Santana, Guitar Heaven : The Greatest Guitar Classics Of All Time, playing alonside Santana and singer India Arie
India Arie
on a Beatles' classic, While My Guitar Gently Weeps. Silk Road
Silk Road
Ensemble[edit] Main article: Silkroad (arts organization) Ma formed his own Silk Road
Silk Road
Ensemble, following the famous trade route which for more than two thousand years has been used for trade, notably spices, all the way across Europe and Asia to China. His goal was that of bringing together musicians from diverse countries all of which are historically linked via the Silk Road. His records with them were on the Sony Classical
Sony Classical
label. He also founded the Silk Road Connect, involving children from middle schools in the United States, including New York City.[24] Playing style[edit] Ma has been referred to as "omnivorous" by critics and possesses an eclectic repertoire.[25] A sampling of his versatility in addition to numerous recordings of the standard classical repertoire would include his recordings of Baroque
pieces using period instruments; American bluegrass music; traditional Chinese melodies, including the soundtrack to the film Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon; the tangos of Argentinian composer Ástor Piazzolla; Brazilian music, recording traditional songs and songs composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Antonio Carlos Jobim
and Pixinguinha; a collaboration with Bobby McFerrin
Bobby McFerrin
(where Ma admitted to being terrified of the improvisation McFerrin elicited); as well as the music of modern minimalist Philip Glass
Philip Glass
in such works as the 2002 piece Naqoyqatsi. Ma is known for his smooth, rich tone as well as his virtuosity,[citation needed] including a cello recording of Niccolò Paganini's 24th Caprice for solo violin and Zoltán Kodály's solo sonata. Instruments[edit] Ma's primary performance instrument is the cello nicknamed "Petunia", built by Domenico Montagnana in 1733, and valued at US$2.5 million. It was named Petunia by a student who approached him after one of his classes in Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City
asking if he had a nickname for his cello. He said, "No, but if I play for you, will you name it?" She chose Petunia and it stuck.[26] Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma
accidentally left this cello in a taxicab in New York City in 1999, but it was quickly returned undamaged.[27] Another of Ma's cellos, the Davidov Stradivarius, was previously owned by Jacqueline du Pré, who passed it to him upon her death. Though Du Pré previously voiced her frustration with the "unpredictability" of this cello, Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma
attributed the comment to du Pré's impassioned style of playing, adding that the Stradivarius cello must be "coaxed" by the player.[28] It was until recently set up in a Baroque
manner, since Ma exclusively played Baroque
music on it. He also owns a modern cello made by Peter and Wendela Moes of Peißenberg, Germany, and one of carbon fiber by the Luis and Clark company of Boston.[29] Notable live performances[edit]

Ma with Condoleezza Rice
Condoleezza Rice
after performing a duet at the presentation of the 2001 National Medal of Arts
National Medal of Arts
and National Humanities Medal Awards.

On July 5, 1986, Ma performed on the New York Philharmonic's tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty, which was televised live on ABC Television.[30] The orchestra, conducted by Zubin Mehta, performed in Central Park. Ma performed a duet with Condoleezza Rice
Condoleezza Rice
at the presentation of the 2001 National Medal of Arts
National Medal of Arts
and National Humanities Medal Awards. Ma was the first performer on September 11, 2002, at the site of the World Trade Center, while the first of the names of the dead were read in remembrance on the first anniversary of the attack on the WTC. He played the Sarabande
from Bach's Cello
Suite #5 in C Minor.[31] He performed a special arrangement of Sting's "Fragile" with Sting and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
during the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has also appeared as a Pennington Great Performers series artist with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra in 2005. He performed John Williams's "Air and Simple Gifts" at the inauguration ceremony for Barack Obama
Barack Obama
on January 20, 2009, along with Itzhak Perlman
Itzhak Perlman
(violin), Gabriela Montero
Gabriela Montero
(piano), and Anthony McGill (clarinet). While the quartet did play live, the music, played simultaneously over speakers and on television, was a recording made two days prior due to concerns over the cold weather damaging the instruments. Ma was quoted as saying, "A broken string was not an option. It was wicked cold."[32] On May 3, 2009, Ma performed the world premiere of Bruce Adolphe's "Self Comes to Mind" for solo cello and two percussionists with John Ferrari and Ayano Kataoka at the American Museum of Natural History
American Museum of Natural History
in New York City. The work is based on a poetic description written for the composer of the evolution of brain into mind by neuroscientist Antonio Damasio
Antonio Damasio
and featured, at the premiere, a film of brain scans provided by Hanna Damasio and other images, coordinated with the music during the performance.

Ma appearing at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in 2008.

On August 29, 2009, Ma performed at the funeral mass for Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Pieces he performed included the Sarabande
movement from Bach's Cello
Suite No. 6 and Franck's Panis Angelicus
Panis Angelicus
with Plácido Domingo.[33] On October 3, 2009, Ma appeared alongside Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Stephen Harper
at the National Arts Centre gala in Ottawa. Harper, a fan of The Beatles, played the piano and sang a rendition of "With A Little Help From My Friends" while Ma accompanied him on his cello. On October 16, 2011, he performed at the memorial for Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs
held in Stanford University's Memorial Church.[34] In 2011, Ma performed with American dancer Charles "Lil Buck" Riley in the United States and in China at the U.S.-China Forum on the Arts and Culture.[35] On April 18, 2013, Ma performed at an interfaith service to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, held at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. He played the Sarabande
from Bach's Cello
Suite No. 5 in C Minor. Also, he and other musicians accompanied members of the Boston Children's Chorus in a hymn.[36] On September 12, 2017, Ma performed all six of Bach's cello suites at the Hollywood Bowl
Hollywood Bowl
(Los Angeles). After the first three suites, there was a "ten-minute pause" (as the Bowl video screen described it). An estimated 17,000 in attendance also heard Ma perform an encore, a tribute to "cellist Pablo Casals, who as a 13-year-old in 1890 discovered an old copy of the Bach suites in a secondhand music store, bringing them to modern attention. Ma’s memorable last words were to any 13-year-olds in the audience: “Don’t throw anything away.”"[37] Media appearances[edit] Ma has appeared in an episode of the animated children's television series Arthur, as well as on The West Wing
The West Wing
(episode "Noël", in which he performed the prelude to Bach's Cello
Suite No.1 at a Congressional Christmas party), and Sesame Street. In The Simpsons
The Simpsons
episode "Missionary: Impossible", Ma (voiced by Hank Azaria) runs after Homer Simpson along with many other frequent guests of PBS. Ma later appeared in the episode "Puffless" where he played a serenade and theme music. Ma appeared twice on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
and developed a friendship with creator and host Fred Rogers. Ma would later receive the inaugural Fred Rogers
Fred Rogers
Legacy Award. He also starred in the visual accompaniment to his recordings of Bach's Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello. Ma was often invited to press events by Apple Inc.
Apple Inc.
and Pixar
CEO Steve Jobs and has performed on stage during event keynote presentations, as well as appearing in a commercial for the Macintosh
computer. Ma's Bach recordings were used in a memorial video released by Apple on the first anniversary of Jobs's death.[38] Ma was a guest on the "Not My Job" segment of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! on April 7, 2007, where he won for listener Thad Moore.[39] On October 27, 2008, Ma appeared as a guest and performer on The Colbert Report.[40] He was also one of the show's guests on November 1, 2011, where he performed songs from crafting an album, The Goat Rodeo Sessions with fellow musicians Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile.[41] Ma also performed several of Bach's cello suites for the 2012 film Bill W.. On October 5, 2015, he appeared on Colbert's new program The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, in support of ballerina Misty Copeland
Misty Copeland
and prematurely celebrating his 60th birthday. Name and genealogy[edit] According to research done by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. for the PBS series Faces of America, a relative had hidden the Ma family genealogy in his home in China to save it from destruction during the Cultural Revolution. His paternal ancestry can be traced back eighteen generations to the year 1217. This genealogy had been compiled in the 18th century by an ancestor, tracing everyone with the surname Ma, through the paternal line, back to one common ancestor in the 3rd century BC. Ma's generation name, Yo, had been decided by his fourth great grand-uncle, Ma Ji Cang, in 1755.[42][43] Personal life[edit] Ma is married to Jill Hornor, an arts consultant.[44] They have two children, Nicholas and Emily.[8][45] Although he personally considers it the "worst epithet he's ever faced", he was still "tagged" in 2001 as "Sexiest Classical Musician" by People.[46] He has continued to receive such accolades over the years, including from AARP
in 2012.[47] However, he has also been praised as a man of unquestionable character. He has also been singled out for his humble spirit, self-effacing manner, and humanitarianism.[48] Discography[edit] Further information: Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma
discography Ma's albums include recordings of cello concertos (including, among others, Shostakovich, Brahms, Elgar, and Haydn), sonatas for cello and piano, Bach's cello suites, and a variety of chamber music. He has also recorded in non-classical styles, notably in collaboration with Bobby McFerrin
Bobby McFerrin
on their 1992 Sony album, Hush.[49] In popular culture[edit] In the seventh episode of the first season of The West Wing, President Bartlet informs the Indonesian President that Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma
would be playing at the state dinner later in the episode. Ma appears in the tenth episode of the second season, performing Bach's Suit No. 1 for Cello. In Seinfeld
episode #44 The ticket, Kramer repeatedly and randomly yells out "Yo-Yo Ma" after having suffered a head injury. In the fifth episode of the second season of Better Call Saul, Rebecca Chuck tells Jimmy that Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma
came to his and his wife's wedding, hinting to Rebecca's talent in music. In Mozart in the Jungle, the name Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma
gets mentioned several times when characters who play the cello are being compared to him, e.g. episode one, season three; episode 10, season three. Also, Yo-Yo Ma is featured in the soundtrack of season 3. Notable awards and recognitions[edit]


Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Chamber Music Performance:

1986 Brahms: Cello
and Piano Sonatas in E Minor Op. 38, and F Op. 99 (RCA 17022) 1987 Beethoven: Cello
and Piano Sonata No. 4 in C & Variations (CBS 42121) 1992 Brahms: Piano Quartets Op. 25, Op. 26 (Sony 45846) 1993 Brahms: Sonatas for Cello
& Piano (Sony 48191) 1996 Brahms/Beethoven/Mozart: Clarinet Trios (Sony 57499)

Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance:

1990 Barber: Cello
Concerto, Op. 22/Britten: Symphony for Cello
and Orchestra, Op. 68 (CBS 44900) 1993 Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante/Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme (Sony 48382) 1995 The New York Album – Works of Albert, Bartók & Bloch (Sony 57961) 1998 Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma
Premieres – Danielpour, Kirchner, Rouse (Sony Classical 66299)

Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance:

1985 Bach: The Unaccompanied Cello
Suites (CBS 37867)

Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Classical Contemporary Composition:

1995 The New York Album, Stephen Albert: Cello
Concerto (Sony 57961)

Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Classical Album:

1998 Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma
Premieres – Danielpour, Kirchner, Rouse (Sony Classical 66299)

Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Classical Crossover Album:

1999 Soul of the Tango – The Music of Ástor Piazzolla
Ástor Piazzolla
(Sony Classical 63122) 2001 Appalachian Journey
Appalachian Journey
(Sony 66782) 2004 Obrigado Brazil (Sony 89935) 2009 Songs of Joy & Peace ( Sony Classical
Sony Classical

Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Folk Album:

2012 The Goat Rodeo Sessions
The Goat Rodeo Sessions
w/ Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer
Edgar Meyer
& Chris Thile

Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best World Music Album:

2017 Sing Me Home – Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma
& The Silk Road
Silk Road


1978: Avery Fisher Prize 2001: National Medal of Arts[4] 2004: Latin Grammy for Best Instrumental Album at the 2004 Latin Grammy Awards for Obrigado Brazil (Sony 89935) 2005: Doctor of Musical Arts
Doctor of Musical Arts
(D.M.A.) (honoris causa) at Princeton University 2006: Dan David Prize 2006: Léonie Sonning Music Prize 2007: Award of Distinction at the International Cello
Festival 2011: Kennedy Center Honor 2011: Glenn Gould Prize 2011: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Presidential Medal of Freedom
awarded on February 15, 2011[50] (nominated November 17, 2010)[5] 2012: Polar Music Prize 2012: Best Cross-Cultural Collaboration Award by Songlines magazine's 2012 annual Songlines Music Awards, for his work The Goat Rodeo Sessions with Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer
Edgar Meyer
and Chris Thile 2013: Vilcek Prize in Contemporary Music[51] 2014: Midwest Young Artists Golden Baton Award 2014: Fred Rogers
Fred Rogers
Legacy Award, inaugural recipient, given by the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media at Saint Vincent College. Upon reception of the award, Ma stated, "This is perhaps the greatest honor I've ever received." Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters (2016)[52]


^ a b Kosman, Joshua (November 2005). "35 Who Made a Difference: Yo-Yo Ma". Smithsonian Magazine. Retrieved 29 July 2016.  ^ Hatch, Robert; Hatch, William (2005). The Hero Project. McGraw-Hill Professional. p. 82. ISBN 0-07-144904-3. Retrieved September 8, 2007.  ^ "Yo-Yo Ma". United Nations Messengers of Peace. United Nations. Retrieved February 2, 2016.  ^ a b National Medal of Arts
National Medal of Arts
Archived July 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., National Endowment for the Arts. ^ a b "President Obama Names Presidential Medal of Freedom
Presidential Medal of Freedom
Recipients" (Press release). Washington, D.C.: The White House. November 17, 2010. Archived from the original on January 31, 2016.  ^ Pong, D. (2009). "Yo-Yo Ma". Encyclopedia of Modern China. Charles Scribner's Sons/Gale, Cengage Learning. ISBN 978-0-684-31566-9.  ^ Tassel, Janet. "Yo-Yo Ma's Journeys". Harvard
Magazine (March–April 2000). Retrieved 7 March 2016.  ^ a b Covington, Richard. "Yo-Yo Ma's Other Passion". Smithsonian Magazine (June 2002). Retrieved 7 March 2016.  ^ Salzman, Mark (2001). Classic Yo-Yo (Media notes). Yo-Yo Ma. Sony. 089667.  ^ "1". Faces of America. Season 1. Episode 1. February 10, 2010. PBS.  ^ Template:Cite The Epoch Times ^ Whiting, Jim "Yo-Yo Ma: A Biography" p.39 ^ Weatherly, Myra (2007). Yo-Yo Ma: Internationally Acclaimed Cellist. Minneapolis, MN: Compass Point Books. pp. 49–50. ISBN 0-7565-1879-2.  ^ "Yo Yo Ma named U.N. peace ambassador". USA Today. Associated Press. January 14, 2006. Retrieved April 10, 2007.  ^ "Yo-Yo Ma". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved April 8, 2007.  ^ " Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma
becomes UN peace ambassador". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. January 14, 2006. Retrieved February 12, 2007.  ^ "Mission & History - Committee of 100". Committee100.org. Retrieved November 30, 2015.  ^ "President Obama appoints Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma
to the Presidents Committee on the Arts and Humanities". The White House. Retrieved December 8, 2009.  ^ Turan, Kenneth (November 19, 2010). "Movie review: 'Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 12, 2010.  ^ "Film". Jewsandbaseball.com. Retrieved December 12, 2010.  ^ Barancik, Scott (July 7, 2010). "New film explores our love affair with baseball". Jewish Baseball News. Retrieved December 12, 2010.  ^ "The Negaunee Music Institute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra". Cso.org. Retrieved November 30, 2015.  ^ Sjostrom, Jan. "New Four Arts music, film programmer 'lives his work'". Palmbeachdailynews.com. Retrieved 18 January 2017.  ^ " Silk Road
Silk Road
Connect". The Silk Road
Silk Road
Project. Archived from the original on March 6, 2013. Retrieved March 22, 2013.  ^ Pincus, Andrew L. (June 20, 2002). "Yo-Yo Ma: Exploring culture with passion and involvement". Berkshires Week. Retrieved January 15, 2007.  ^ Tyrangiel, Josh (March 27, 2005). "10 Questions for Yo-Yo Ma". Time. Retrieved March 15, 2011.  ^ Finkelstein, Katherine E. (October 17, 1999). "In Concert, Searchers Retrieve Yo-Yo Ma's Lost Stradivarius [sic]". New York Times. Retrieved January 15, 2007.  ^ Wilson, Elizabeth (1999). Jacqueline Du Pré: Her Life, Her Music, Her Legend. Arcade Publishing. pp. 286–287. ISBN 978-1559704908. : "Jackie’s unbridled dark qualities went against the Davydov. You have to coax the instrument. The more you attack it, the less it returns." ^ "Testimonials". Luis and Clark. Archived from the original on November 29, 2006. Retrieved January 15, 2007.  ^ "Liberty Receives Classical Salute, Sun Sentinel, July 5, 1986".  ^ Whiting, Jim (2008). Yo-Yo Ma: A Biography. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. p. 147. ISBN 978-0-313-34486-2.  ^ – Quartet pre-recorded Obama music. BBC News (January 23, 2009). Retrieved on July 1, 2011. ^ Kennedy Funeral Includes Family, Music, President. Thebostonchannel.com (August 28, 2009). Retrieved on July 1, 2011. ^ Vascellaro, Jessica E. (October 17, 2011). "Steve Jobs's Family Gave Moving Words at Sunday Memorial". The Wall Street Journal.  ^ Chin, Josh (November 21, 2011). "Yo Yo Ma and Lil' Buck Perform 'The Swan' in Beijing". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved February 26, 2012.  ^ Wise, Brian (April 18, 2013). "Watch: Cellist
Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma
Performs at Boston Memorial Service". WQXR. Retrieved April 18, 2013.  ^ Swed, Mark (September 13, 2017). " Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma
does the impossible at the Hollywood Bowl". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 14, 2017.  ^ Apple’s Tribute To Steve Jobs, Yo-Yo Ma, And The Prelude From Bach ^ Not My Job: Yo-Yo Ma. NPR (April 7, 2007). Retrieved on July 1, 2011. ^ Colbert Report. Comedycentral.com (June 27, 2011). Retrieved on July 1, 2011. ^ Colbert Report. colbertnation.com (November 1, 2011). Retrieved on November 2, 2011. ^ "Faces of America: Yo-Yo Ma", PBS, Faces of America series, with Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., 2010. ^ The Mystery of Yo-Yo Ma's Name, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The Daily Beast, February 9, 2010 ^ "Weddings and Celebrations: Emily Ma and John Mistovich", The New York Times, September 28, 2014, retrieved February 13, 2016  ^ Bell, Bill (March 29, 1998), "Suite Sounds Of Yo-yo Ma", The New York Daily News, retrieved January 23, 2012  ^ "Yo-Yo Ma: Sexiest Classical Musician". Volume 56. People Magazine. p. 93. Retrieved 7 May 2016.  ^ The 21 Sexiest Men Over 50 by Christina Ianzito, 2015 ^ Kosman, Joshua (November 2005). "35 Who Made a Difference:Yo Yo Ma". Smithsonian Magazine. Retrieved 10 June 2016.  ^ Kupferberg, Harold (April 5, 1992). "Odd Couple". Parade Magazine. Retrieved February 18, 2015.  ^ Watch Live: President Obama Honors Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients The White House. Whitehouse.gov. Retrieved on July 1, 2011. ^ " Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma
Awarded $100,000 Vilcek Prize". NewMusicBox. Retrieved November 11, 2015.  ^ "Nomination dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres janvier 2016 - Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication" (in French). Culturecommunication.gouv.fr. 2016-03-31. Retrieved 2017-03-08. 

Carlos Santana
Carlos Santana
Guitar Heaven : https://www.discogs.com/Santana-Guitar-Heaven-The-Greatest-Guitar-Classics-Of-All-Time/release/3052583

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Yo-Yo Ma.

Official website Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma
at AllMusic

Awards for Yo-Yo Ma

v t e

Laureates of the Polar Music Prize


Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney
/ the Baltic states
Baltic states
(1992) Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie
/ Witold Lutosławski
Witold Lutosławski
(1993) Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones
/ Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Nikolaus Harnoncourt
(1994) Elton John
Elton John
/ Mstislav Rostropovich
Mstislav Rostropovich
(1995) Joni Mitchell
Joni Mitchell
/ Pierre Boulez
Pierre Boulez
(1996) Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
/ Eric Ericson
Eric Ericson
(1997) Ray Charles
Ray Charles
/ Ravi Shankar
Ravi Shankar
(1998) Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
/ Iannis Xenakis
Iannis Xenakis


Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
/ Isaac Stern
Isaac Stern
(2000) Burt Bacharach
Burt Bacharach
/ Robert Moog
Robert Moog
/ Karlheinz Stockhausen
Karlheinz Stockhausen
(2001) Miriam Makeba
Miriam Makeba
/ Sofia Gubaidulina
Sofia Gubaidulina
(2002) Keith Jarrett
Keith Jarrett
(2003) B.B. King
B.B. King
/ György Ligeti
György Ligeti
(2004) Gilberto Gil
Gilberto Gil
/ Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
(2005) Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
/ Valery Gergiev
Valery Gergiev
(2006) Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins
/ Steve Reich
Steve Reich
(2007) Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd
/ Renée Fleming
Renée Fleming
(2008) Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel
/ José Antonio Abreu
José Antonio Abreu
/ El Sistema (2009)


/ Ennio Morricone
Ennio Morricone
(2010) Kronos Quartet
Kronos Quartet
/ Patti Smith
Patti Smith
(2011) Paul Simon
Paul Simon
/ Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma
(2012) Youssou N'Dour
Youssou N'Dour
/ Kaija Saariaho
Kaija Saariaho
(2013) Chuck Berry
Chuck Berry
/ Peter Sellars
Peter Sellars
(2014) Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris
/ Evelyn Glennie
Evelyn Glennie
(2015) Max Martin
Max Martin
/ Cecilia Bartoli
Cecilia Bartoli
(2016) Sting / Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter
(2017) Metallica
/ Afghanistan National Institute of Music (2018)

v t e

Glenn Gould Prize laureates

1987 R. Murray Schafer 1990 Yehudi Menuhin 1993 Oscar Peterson 1996 Toru Takemitsu 1999 Yo-Yo Ma 2002 Pierre Boulez 2005 André Previn 2008 José Antonio Abreu 2011 Leonard Cohen 2013 Robert Lepage 2015 Philip Glass

v t e

Léonie Sonning Music Prize Laureates


Igor Stravinsky
Igor Stravinsky


Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein
(1965) Birgit Nilsson
Birgit Nilsson
(1966) Witold Lutosławski
Witold Lutosławski
(1967) Benjamin Britten
Benjamin Britten
(1968) Boris Christoff
Boris Christoff


Sergiu Celibidache
Sergiu Celibidache
(1970) Arthur Rubinstein
Arthur Rubinstein
(1971) Yehudi Menuhin
Yehudi Menuhin
(1972) Dmitri Shostakovich
Dmitri Shostakovich
(1973) Andrés Segovia
Andrés Segovia
(1974) Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
(1975) Mogens Wöldike (1976) Olivier Messiaen
Olivier Messiaen
(1977) Jean-Pierre Rampal
Jean-Pierre Rampal
(1978) Janet Baker
Janet Baker


Marie-Claire Alain
Marie-Claire Alain
(1980) Mstislav Rostropovich
Mstislav Rostropovich
(1981) Isaac Stern
Isaac Stern
(1982) Rafael Kubelík
Rafael Kubelík
(1983) Miles Davis
Miles Davis
(1984) Pierre Boulez
Pierre Boulez
(1985) Sviatoslav Richter
Sviatoslav Richter
(1986) Heinz Holliger (1987) Peter Schreier
Peter Schreier
(1988) Gidon Kremer
Gidon Kremer


György Ligeti
György Ligeti
(1990) Eric Ericson
Eric Ericson
(1991) Georg Solti
Georg Solti
(1992) Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Nikolaus Harnoncourt
(1993) Krystian Zimerman
Krystian Zimerman
(1994) Yuri Bashmet
Yuri Bashmet
(1995) Per Nørgård
Per Nørgård
(1996) András Schiff
András Schiff
(1997) Hildegard Behrens (1998) Sofia Gubaidulina
Sofia Gubaidulina


Michala Petri
Michala Petri
(2000) Anne-Sophie Mutter
Anne-Sophie Mutter
(2001) Alfred Brendel
Alfred Brendel
(2002) György Kurtág
György Kurtág
(2003) Keith Jarrett
Keith Jarrett
(2004) John Eliot Gardiner
John Eliot Gardiner
(2005) Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma
(2006) Lars Ulrik Mortensen (2007) Arvo Pärt
Arvo Pärt
(2008) Daniel Barenboim
Daniel Barenboim


Cecilia Bartoli
Cecilia Bartoli
(2010) Kaija Saariaho
Kaija Saariaho
(2011) Jordi Savall
Jordi Savall
(2012) Simon Rattle
Simon Rattle
(2013) Martin Fröst
Martin Fröst
(2014) Thomas Adès
Thomas Adès
(2015) Herbert Blomstedt
Herbert Blomstedt
(2016) Leonidas Kavakos
Leonidas Kavakos
(2017) Mariss Jansons
Mariss Jansons

v t e

Kennedy Center Honorees (2010s)


Merle Haggard Jerry Herman Bill T. Jones Paul McCartney Oprah Winfrey


Barbara Cook Neil Diamond Yo-Yo Ma Sonny Rollins Meryl Streep


Buddy Guy Dustin Hoffman David Letterman Led Zeppelin Natalia Makarova


Martina Arroyo Herbie Hancock Billy Joel Shirley MacLaine Carlos Santana


Al Green Tom Hanks Patricia McBride Sting Lily Tomlin


Carole King George Lucas Rita Moreno Seiji Ozawa Cicely Tyson


Martha Argerich Eagles Al Pacino Mavis Staples James Taylor


Carmen de Lavallade Gloria Estefan LL Cool J Norman Lear Lionel Richie

Complete list 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 27047399 LCCN: n80016911 ISNI: 0000 0001 0961 5907 GND: 120576856 SELIBR: 287173 SUDOC: 069784906 BNF: cb13897263z (data) BIBSYS: 1027821 MusicBrainz: 62fe877d-b7a5-43e8-952e-2610d7614bff NLA: 35672442 NDL: 00856444 NKC: js20020122068 BNE: XX1300471 SN