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Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)

Born: 7th October 1955, Paris

Nationality: French

Artist's website:

Yo-Yo Ma is an American cellist. Born in Paris, France to Chinese parents and educated in New York City, he was a child prodigy, performing from the age of four and a half. He graduated from the Juilliard School and Harvard University, and has performed as a soloist with orchestras around the world. 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 Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla, and Brazilian music.

Further Reading: Yo-Yo Ma

 Recording of the Week, Yo-Yo Ma records Bach's Cello Suites for the third and final time

The Chinese-American cellist returns to works which he describes as his 'constant musical companions' in interpretations of uncommon freshness and spontaneity.

 Recording of the Week, Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project

The latest product of the Chinese-American cellist’s East-meets-West project includes music by Bloch, Lou Harrison, Prokofiev and Mongolian composer Byambasuren Sharav.

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