Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Born: 7th October 1955, Paris
Artist's website: http://www.yo-yoma.com
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
The Chinese-American cellist returns to works which he describes as his 'constant musical companions' in interpretations of uncommon freshness and spontaneity.
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.