Yo-Yo Ma is a multiple Grammy Award-winning American-Chinese cellist, composer, humanitarian and educator who has over the years released several dozens of albums and performed with orchestras around the globe. In 1992, he released an album titled Hush along with jazz vocalist and conductor Bobby McFerrin. In 2011, U.S. President Barack Obama bestowed upon him the most prestigious civilian honor in America, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is widely regarded as the world’s most successful living cellist.
In 1978, he got married to Jill Hornor, with whom he fathered two children: Emily and Nicholas Ma.
In 2001, People Magazine named him the “Sexiest Classical Musician”.
At the young age of seven, he had the unique opportunity to perform for U.S. Presidents John F. Kennedy and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
He performed at the 2009 inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama.
He often performs with a 1733 Italian cello, which is known by the nickname “Petunia”. The cello is estimated to be worth in the region of $2.5 million.
Good things happen when you meet strangers.Yo-Yo Ma
I learn something not because I have to, but because I really want to. That's the same view I have for performing. I'm performing because I really want to, not because I have to bring bread back home.Yo-Yo Ma
I love grocery shopping when I'm home. That's what makes me feel totally normal. I love both the idea of home as in being with my family and friends, and also the idea of exploration. I think those two are probably my great interests.Yo-Yo Ma
I think there are so many ways to become interested in music. I believe signs of sustained interest gives a sense of the right time. Music, if thought of as a language, would perhaps indicate that as early as possible is not so bad. I do believe that a really nurturing first teacher that makes the child love something is crucial.Yo-Yo Ma
My teacher, my great cello teacher Leonard Rose, was such a great cellist, and nurturing man, very patient. But I grew up not only admiring him, but obviously Casals, Rostrotovich, Jacqueline du Pre, and many others, including many of my peers and contemporaries.Yo-Yo Ma
One is that you have to take time, lots of time, to let an idea grow from within. The second is that when you sign on to something, there will be issues of trust, deep trust, the way the members of a string quartet have to trust one another.Yo-Yo Ma
The role of the musician is to go from concept to full execution. Put another way, it's to go from understanding the content of something to really learning how to communicate it and make sure it's well-received and lives in somebody else.Yo-Yo Ma
The thing that I've always been slightly frustrated with, was that the idea of a CD is kind of confined to a material possession that you can put on a shelf. And the idea of music, for me, is always about both the communication and the sharing of content. And so the interactive part is missing.Yo-Yo Ma
Things can fall apart, or threaten to, for many reasons, and then there's got to be a leap of faith. Ultimately, when you're at the edge, you have to go forward or backward if you go forward, you have to jump together.Yo-Yo Ma
is a famous French-American cellist,
who was born on
October 7, 1955. As a person born on this date, Yo-Yo Ma is listed in our database as the 18th
most popular celebrity for the day (October 7) and the 49th most popular for the year (1955).
People born on October 7
fall under the Zodiac sign of Libra, the Scales.
Yo-Yo Ma is the 468th most popular Libra.
Aside from information specific to Yo-Yo Ma's birthday, Yo-Yo Ma is the 3rd most famous French-American and ranks 176th in famous people born in Paris, France.
In general, Yo-Yo Ma ranks as the 5455th
most popular famous person of all time.
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