Yo‐Yo Ma

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Yo-Yo Ma (born October 7, 1955) is a French-born Chinese American cellist. Born in Paris, he spent his schooling years in New York City and was a child prodigy, performing from the age of five. He graduated from the Juilliard School and Harvard University and has enjoyed a prolific career as both a soloist performing with orchestras around the world and a recording artist. His 90+ albums have 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/reggae singer Bobby McFerrin. During the Dixie Chicks' controversial tour of 2005-6, Ma backed them playing cello as sideman, assisting in the string arrangements for the band.

Ma's primary performance instrument is a Montagnana cello built in 1733 valued at US$2.5 million.

He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2001, Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011, and the Polar Music Prize in 2012.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 Triple Concerto, op. 56 Beethoven; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Mark Zeltser, Yo‐Yo Ma 1
1982 Kreisler - Paganini Fritz Kreisler, Niccolò Paganini; Yo‐Yo Ma, Patricia Zander 2
1983 Six Unaccompanied Cello Suites Bach; Yo‐Yo Ma 5
1983 Sonatas for Viola da Gamba & Harpsichord Bach; Yo‐Yo Ma, Kenneth Cooper 1
1985 Quintet, op. 163, D. 956 Franz Schubert; Yo‐Yo Ma, Cleveland Quartet 1
1985 Tripelkonzert / Ouvertüren: Egmont / Coriolan / Fidelio Ludwig van Beethoven; Anne-Sophie Mutter, Mark Zeltser, Yo‐Yo Ma, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 1
1985 Japanese Melodies Yo‐Yo Ma 1
1985 Cello Concertos Elgar, Walton; Yo‐Yo Ma, London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn 2
1985 Sonatas for Cello and Piano Brahms; Yo‐Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax 5
1985 Three Favourite Concertos Haydn; Yo‐Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Cho-Liang Lin 1
1986 Cello Concerto Op. 104 Dvořák; Yo‐Yo Ma, Berliner Philharmoniker, Lorin Maazel 2
1987 Boccherini: Concerto For Violoncello & Orchestra / J.C. Bach: Symphony Concertante / Grand Overture Boccherini, JC Bach; Yo‐Yo Ma, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Pinchas Zukerman 1
1987 Cello Sonatas Nos. 3, 5 Beethoven; Yo‐Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax 1
1987 Schubert: Quartet No. 15, D. 887 / Mozart: Adagio & Fugue, K. 546 Mozart, Schubert; Yo‐Yo Ma, Kim Kashkashian, Daniel Phillips, Gidon Kremer 1
1987 Trio, Op. 67 / Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 40 Shostakovich; Stern, Ma, Ax 1
1988 Double Concerto / Piano Quartet, op. 60 Brahms; Isaac Stern, Yo‐Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Jaime Laredo, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado 2
1988 Piano Trios Dvořák; Ax, Kim, Ma 1
1989 Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 15 / Gubaidulina: Rejoice Shostakovich, Gubaidulina; Gidon Kremer, Daniel Phillips, Kim Kashkashian, Yo‐Yo Ma 1
1989 Anything Goes: Stéphane Grappelli & Yo‐Yo Ma play (mostly) Cole Porter Stéphane Grappelli & Yo‐Yo Ma 2
1989 Barber: Cello Concerto / Britten: Symphony for Cello and Orchestra Barber, Britten; Yo‐Yo Ma, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman 1
1989 Sonata for Cello & Piano R. Strauss, Britten; Yo‐Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax 2
1990 Don Quixote / Die Liebe der Danae R. Strauss; Yo‐Yo Ma, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa, Toronto Symphony, Andrew Davis 1
1990 Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2 Beethoven; Yo‐Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax 1
1991 The Piano Quartets Brahms; Emanuel Ax, Isaac Stern, Jaime Laredo, Yo‐Yo Ma 1
1991 Hush Yo‐Yo Ma & Bobby McFerrin 1
1991 Gala in Leningrad Tchaikovsky; Yo‐Yo Ma, Jessye Norman, Itzhak Perlman, Leningrad Philharmonic, Yuri Termikanov 1
1991 Klavierkonzert / Tripelkonzert Ludwig van Beethoven; Christoph Eschenbach, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Yo‐Yo Ma, Mark Zeltser, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 1
1991 Cello Sonatas Prokofiev, Rachmaninov; Yo‐Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax 3
1991 Carnival of the Animals / Organ Symphony Saint-Saëns; Yo‐Yo Ma, E. Power Biggs 3
1992 Symphonia Concertante Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky; Yo‐Yo Ma, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Lorin Maazel 1
1992 Sonatas for Cello and Piano, opp. 38, 99 and 108 Johannes Brahms; Yo‐Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax 2
1992 Piano Quartets, opp. 15 & 45 Fauré; Emanuel Ax, Isaac Stern, Jaime Laredo, Yo‐Yo Ma 2
1992 Sextets opp. 18 & 36 Brahms; Isaac Stern, Cho-Liang Lin, Jaime Laredo, Michael Tree, Yo‐Yo Ma, Sharon Robinson 1
1993 Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4 / Trio, Op. 45 Schoenberg; Juilliard String Quartet, Walter Trampler, Yo‐Yo Ma 1
1993 Made in America Yo‐Yo Ma 1
1993 Cello Concertos in C major and D major Haydn; Yo‐Yo Ma 1
1993 Quintets Schubert, Boccherini; Isaac Stern, Cho-Liang Lin, Jaime Laredo, Yo‐Yo Ma, Sharon Robinson 3
1994 Piano Quartets Beethoven, Schumann; Isaac Stern, Yo‐Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Jaime Laredo 1
1994 Polonaise brilliante / Cello Sonata / Piano Trio Chopin; Emanuel Ax, Pamela Frank, Yo‐Yo Ma 3
1994 The New York Album Albert, Bartók, Bloch; Yo‐Yo Ma, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman 1
1994 Suite for Cello & Jazz Piano Trio Claude Bolling; Yo‐Yo Ma 1
1995 Concertos From the New World Dvořák, Herbert; Yo‐Yo Ma, New York Philharmonic, Kurt Masur 2
1996 "Trout" Quintet / "Arpeggione" Sonata Schubert; Emanuel Ax, Yo‐Yo Ma, Pamela Frank, Rebecca Young, Edgar Meyer, Barbara Bonney 2
1996 Fire Water Paper: A Vietnam Oratorio Elliot Goldenthal; Yo‐Yo Ma, Ann Panagualias, James Maddalena, Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Carl St. Clair 1
1996 Appalachia Waltz Yo‐Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer & Mark O’Connor 1
1996 Yo-Yo Ma Premieres Concertos for Violoncello and Orchestra Yo‐Yo Ma 1
1997 From Ordinary Things André Previn; Yo‐Yo Ma, Sylvia McNair 1
1997 Soul of the Tango: The Music of Astor Piazzolla Astor Piazzolla; Yo‐Yo Ma 5
1997 Symphony 1997:Heaven Earth Mankind Tan Dun; Yo‐Yo Ma 1
1998 Music for Strings and Piano Left Hand Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Franz Schmidt; Leon Fleisher, Joseph Silverstein, Jaime Laredo, Joel Smirnoff, Michael Tree, Yo‐Yo Ma 1

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