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    Yo-Yo Ma

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    1Fragile lyrics
    2Slumber My Darling lyrics
    3Menino lyrics
    4In The Still Of The Night lyrics
    Stephane Grappelli feat. Yo-Yo Ma
    5Doce De Coco lyrics
    6All Through The Night lyrics
    7I Concentrate On You lyrics
    Stephane Grappelli feat. Yo-Yo Ma
    81 X 0 (Um A Zero) lyrics
    9Samambaia lyrics
    10Don't Worry, Be Happy lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1New Impossibilities [2007]
    2Silk Road Journey [2001]
    3Obrigado Brazil: Live In Concert [2008]
    4Songs From The Arc Of Life (& Kathryn Stott)
    5Boccherini: Cello Concerto / J.C. Bach: Sinfonia [2008]
    6Songs Of Joy & Peace [2008]
    7Gold Award Edition: Soul Of The Tango [2006]
    8Appassionato [2007]
    9Super Hits [2007]
    10Simply Baroque [2008]


    Yo-Yo Ma (born October 7, 1955) is a French-born American cellist, virtuoso, orchestral composer of Chinese descent, and winner of multiple Grammy Awards, the National Medal of Arts in 2001 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. He is one of the most famous cellists of the modern age.

    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. His family moved to New York when he was five years old.

    At a very young age, Ma began studying violin, and later viola, before finding his true calling by taking up 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 John F. Kennedy and Dwight D. Eisenhower when he was seven. At age eight, he appeared on American television with his sister, Yeou-Cheng Ma, in a concert conducted by Leonard Bernstein. By fifteen years of age, Ma had graduated from Trinity School in New York and appeared as a soloist with the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra in a performance of the Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations.

    Ma studied at the Juilliard School with Leonard Rose and briefly attended Columbia University before ultimately enrolling at Harvard University. Prior to entering Harvard, Ma played in the Marlboro Festival Orchestra under the direction of nonagenarian 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.

    However, even before that time, Ma had steadily gained fame and had performed with most of the world's major orchestras. His recordings and performances of Johann Sebastian Bach's Cello Suites recorded in 1983 and again in 1994–1997 are particularly acclaimed. He has also played a good deal of 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.

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