Yo‐Yo Ma

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Yo-Yo Ma (born October 7, 1955) is a 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. He has recorded more than 90 albums and has 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. Ma's primary performance instrument is a Montagnana cello built in 1733 valued at US$2.5 million.

He has been a United Nations Messenger of Peace since 2006.

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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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Sounds of Yo-Yo Ma Yo‐Yo Ma 1
2007 Appassionato Yo‐Yo Ma 3
2009 30 Years Outside the Box Yo‐Yo Ma 1
2011 Impressions Yo‐Yo Ma 1
2012 Treasures of Chamber Music, Volume 2 Emanuel Ax, Juilliard String Quartet, Kim Kashkashian, Gidon Kremer, Jaime Laredo, Yo‐Yo Ma, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Mstislav Rostropovich, Rudolf Serkin, Isaac Stern, Tal & Groethuysen 1
2013 Yo-Yo Ma plays Cello Masterworks Yo‐Yo Ma 1
Songs From The Arc Of Life Yo‐Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Great Cello Concertos Yo‐Yo Ma 1
1995 Triple Concerto / Choral Fantasy Beethoven; Itzhak Perlman, Yo‐Yo Ma, Daniel Barenboim, Chor der Deutschen Staatsoper Berlin, Berliner Philharmoniker 3
2004 Obrigado Brazil - Live in Concert Yo‐Yo Ma 1
2011 Brahms: Double Concerto / Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto Brahms, Mendelssohn; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim, Itzhak Perlman, Yo‐Yo Ma 2

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 The Cello Suites: Inspired by Bach Johann Sebastian Bach; Yo‐Yo Ma 5 1
2004 Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone Ennio Morricone; Yo‐Yo Ma 4.5 11
2005 Memoirs of a Geisha: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack John Williams; Yo‐Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman 3.5 6


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Hush Yo‐Yo Ma & Bobby McFerrin 1
2009 Air and Simple Gifts Yo‐Yo Ma 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Silk Road Journeys - KCRW Broadcast Yo‐Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble 1

EP + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 The Goat Rodeo Sessions (live from the House of Blues) Yo‐Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile 1
2012 Viva Brazil Live EP Yo‐Yo Ma, Kathryn Stott, Sérgio Assad, Odair Assad & Joseph Gramley 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Marlboro Music Festival 40th Anniversary: Serenade for Winds / Sonata for Bassoon and Cello Mozart; Marcel Moyse, Alexander Heller, Yo‐Yo Ma 1

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