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Yo-Yo Ma

Biography

Classical cellist who manufactured his career by subsequent his desire for the music of varied cultures as well as the techniques music could be combined together. He wished to play the dual bass because he loved how big is the device, but find the cello like a compromise between your viola, which he previously previously learned to try out. He won many Grammy Honours, was honored using the Country wide Medal of Arts in 2001, and was presented with the Presidential Medal of Independence in 2011. He previously two kids with German vocabulary trainer Jill Hornor, whom he wedded in 1978 He performed for Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy at age group seven.

Quick Facts


Full Name Yo-Yo Ma
Date Of Birth October 7, 1955
Place Of Birth Paris, France
Height 1.78 m
Profession Cellist
Education Harvard University, Juilliard School, Columbia University
Nationality French, American
Spouse Jill Hornor
Children Nicholas Ma, Emily Ma
Parents Hiao-Tsiun Ma, Marina Lu
Siblings Yeou-Cheng Ma
Awards Kennedy Center Honors, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Grammy Award for Best World Music Album, Avery Fisher Prize, Grammy Award for Best Folk Album, List of recipients of the National Medal of Arts, Glenn Gould Prize, Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album, Léonie Sonning Music Prize, Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance, Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with orchestra), Grammy Award for Best Classical Album, Dan David Prize, Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra), Latin Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Album, Award of Distinction, Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Performing Arts Program or Series, Polar Music Prize for Classical Music, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Classical Music or Dance Programming
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Music Film, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding New Approaches - Daytime Children's
TV Shows Yo-Yo Ma Inspired by Bach
Star Sign Libra

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#Fact
1 Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama. [February 2011]
2 Recipient of the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors, along with Barbara Cook, Neil Diamond, Sonny Rollins, and Meryl Streep.
3 Began playing cello at the age of four.
4 He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 2001 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
5 Attended Harvard University from 1972-1976
6 enrolled at Juilliard at age 9
7 Son, NIcholas, born 1983.
8 Daughter, Emily, born 1985.
9 Named People Magazine's Sexiest Classical Musician 2001.
10 Cellist.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mozart in the Jungle 2016 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Captain Fantastic 2016 performer: "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010, Prélude"
The Simpsons 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Ex Machina 2015 performer: "Unaccompanied Cello Suite #1 in G Major BWV 1007 - Préludé"
Bill W. 2012 Documentary performer: "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007- Courante", "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007- Prelude, "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007- Sarabande", "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008- Prelude", "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009- Bourree I/II", "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major, BWV 1010- Bourree I/II", "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major, BWV 1010- Courante",
American Horror Story 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Independent Lens 2003-2011 TV Series documentary performer - 2 episodes
You Don't Know Jack 2010 TV Movie performer: "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 2 in D-Minor, BWV 1008: Courante", "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G-Major, BWV 1007: Prélude"
The National Parks: America's Best Idea 2009 TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 2 episodes
President Obama: The Inauguration 2009 TV Movie performer: "Air and Simple Gifts"
Tühirand 2006 Short performer: "Libertango" - uncredited
Great Performances 2004 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 2003 performer: "Prelude From the Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007"
The Company 2003 performer: "Suite for Unaccompanied Cello, No. 1, BWV 1007 in G Major, V. Menuett"
Beethoven: Triple Concerto/Choral Fantasy 2003 Video performer: "Triple Concerto"
Alias 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Kindergarten 2001 TV Mini-Series performer: "HUSH"
Sex and the City 2001 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Hush! 2001 performer: "Hush Little Baby"
De zee die denkt 2000 "The Protecting Veil"
The West Wing 2000 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2000 performer: "A Love Before Time", "Moonlight Lover" Mandarin Version
You Can Count on Me 2000 performer: "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007/Prélude Instrumental" - uncredited
The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 performer: "PIANO QUARTET IN E-FLAT MAJOR; Opus 16, Second Movement"
The Horse Whisperer 1998 performer: "Sonata in F Major for Cello and Piano, Op. 5. No. 1"
Frank Lloyd Wright 1998 Documentary performer: "Sonata No. 4 in C Major for Cello and Piano Op. 102, No. 1"
Liberty! The American Revolution 1997 TV Mini-Series performer: "When Bidden to the Wake or Fair", "Song of the Liberty Bell for Violin and Strings"
Bach Cello Suite #5: Struggle for Hope 1997 performer: "Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011"
Bach Cello Suite #6: Six Gestures 1997 performer: "Cello Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012"
Bach Cello Suite #3: Falling Down Stairs 1997 performer: "Cello Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009"
Bach Cello Suite #4: Sarabande 1997 performer: "Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010"
Bach Cello Suite #1: The Music Garden 1997 performer: "Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007"
Bach Cello Suite #2: The Sound of Carceri 1997 performer: "Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008"
The Tango Lesson 1997 "I Am You" / performer: "Libertango Reprise"
Mission: Impossible 1996 performer: "Divertimento in E-Flat Major for String Trio K.563"
Before Sunrise 1995 performer: "'Andante' from 'Sonata No. 1 In G Major, BWV 1027'"
Immortal Beloved 1994 performer: "Piano Trio No. 4 in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1 'Ghost'"
Another Woman 1988 performer: "Unaccompanied Cello Suite in D Major"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Music of Strangers 2015 Documentary musician: cello
Live from Lincoln Center 2013 TV Series musician - 1 episode
Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story 2010 Documentary musician: cello
The National Parks: America's Best Idea 2009 TV Mini-Series documentary musician - 1 episode
Memoirs of a Geisha 2005 musician: cello solos
Suburban Symphony 2004 Video short musician: cello
Great Performances 2004 TV Series musician - 1 episode
Nova 2003 TV Series documentary musician - 1 episode
Naqoyqatsi 2002 Documentary musician: cello solos
Hush! 2001 musician: cello, "Hush Little Baby"
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2000 musician: cello solos
Seven Years in Tibet 1997 musician: cello solos

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Simpsons 2015 TV Series Yo-Yo Ma
The West Wing 2000 TV Series Yo-Yo Ma
Frasier 1999 TV Series Tom

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Black Lights White Shadows 1986

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Knowledge Is the Beginning 2005 TV Movie special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Robert Shaw: Man of Many Voices 2016 Documentary Himself
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 2016 TV Series Himself
38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2015 TV Special Himself - Performer
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 2015 TV Series Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael 2015 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Weekend Today 2015 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
The Music of Strangers 2015 Documentary Himself
BBC Proms 2015 TV Series Himself
Yo-Yo Ma with the LA Phil 2014 Video Himself
Blue Gold: American Jeans 2014 Documentary Himself
Charlie Rose 1995-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Great Performances 2003-2012 TV Series Himself / Himself - Soloist / Himself (solo cellist)
Gustavo Dudamel & Yo-Yo Ma 2012 Video Himself
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences: The Heart of the Matter 2012 Short Himself
The Goat Rodeo Sessions Live 2012 TV Movie Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 2011 TV Movie Himself - Honoree
Huckabee 2011 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Tavis Smiley 2008-2011 TV Series Himself
The Colbert Report 2008-2011 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2006-2011 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest / Himself
9/11 Memorial from Ground Zero, Tenth Anniverary 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself - Cellist
Yo-Yo Ma & Plácido Domingo 2011 Video Himself
Extraordinary Minds: Yo-Yo Ma 2011 Video Himself
Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr. 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
The Music Instinct 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
President Obama: The Inauguration 2009 TV Movie Himself
Chris Botti in Boston 2009 TV Movie Himself
Yo-Yo Ma & Friends: Songs of Joy & Peace 2008 TV Movie Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 2007 TV Special Himself
The Music of 'Memoirs' 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Great Conversations in Music 2005 TV Series Cellist
The 77th Annual Academy Awards 2005 TV Special Himself - Performer
Die Harald Schmidt Show 2003 TV Series Himself
The 45th Annual Grammy Awards 2003 TV Special Himself - Performer
Beethoven: Triple Concerto/Choral Fantasy 2003 Video Himself (cellist)
Arthur 1999-2002 TV Series Himself
Multiple Identities: Encounters with Daniel Barenboim 2002 TV Movie documentary
Good Morning America 2002 TV Series Himself
XIX Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony 2002 TV Movie Himself - Performer
A Centennial Toast to Symphony Hall 2002 TV Movie Himself
Classic Yo-Yo Ma 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
American Masters 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
60 Minutes 2000 TV Series documentary Himself - Cellist (segment "Ben Zander")
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood 1985-1998 TV Series Himself
Mark Morris Dance Group: A Dance Center in Brooklyn 1998 Short Himself
Warrior Songs: King Gesar 1997 TV Special documentary Cello
Yo-Yo Ma Inspired by Bach 1997 TV Series Himself
Bach Cello Suite #5: Struggle for Hope 1997 Himself
Bach Cello Suite #6: Six Gestures 1997 Himself
Bach Cello Suite #3: Falling Down Stairs 1997 Himself
Bach Cello Suite #4: Sarabande 1997 Himself
Bach Cello Suite #1: The Music Garden 1997 Himself
Bach Cello Suite #2: The Sound of Carceri 1997 Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 1997 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Sesame Street 1988-1993 TV Series Himself
An American Reunion: The People's Inaugural Celebration 1993 TV Movie Himself
Isaac Stern: A Life - A Biography in Music 1993 TV Movie Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1992 TV Special Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1964-1992 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest / Himself - Guest
Carnegie Hall at 100: A Place of Dreams 1991 Video documentary Himself
Carnegie Hall: Live at 100 1990 TV Movie documentary Himself
Tchaikovsky: 150th Birthday Gala from Leningrad 1990 TV Special documentary Performer
Live from Lincoln Center 1990 TV Series Himself
Presidential Inaugural Gala 1989 TV Movie Himself
Carnegie Hall: The Grand Reopening 1987 TV Movie Himself
Liberty Weekend 1986 TV Special documentary Himself
Ozawa 1985 TV Movie documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jeopardy! 2010 TV Series Himself
60 Minutes 2000 TV Series documentary Himself - Cellist (segment "Ben Zander")
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1992 TV Series Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1998 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Performance in a Performing Arts Program or Series Yo-Yo Ma Inspired by Bach (1997)
1991 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement - Classical Music/Dance Programming Tchaikovsky: 150th Birthday Gala from Leningrad (1990)
1991 CableACE CableACE Awards Performance in a Music Special or Series Yo-Yo Ma at Tanglewood (1990)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2001 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Music Wo hu cang long (2000) · Dun Tan
1999 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Long Form Music Video Bach Cello Suite #6: Six Gestures (1997) · Patricia Rozema (video director)
· Niv Fichman (video producer)


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#Quote
1 [on being considered a trail-blazer in world music] I basically think that if you open yourself up to a lot of things, history kind of makes you step back from what you are doing. You just feel, 'Let's make something happen!'. It's a very slight change in attitude, but it does have ramifications in terms of what comes out. Essentially, you face an audience, you face your colleagues, and you say 'This is all we have, let's do something with it. There are many different reasons why people are in this room. Let's do something worthwhile and make it count. There are so many people in the world, so many different forms of expression. So who are we? What we do? Let's make this as precious as we can'. Maybe getting older has something to do with this attitude. Being aware of a much larger world, you're aware of the scale and the total inconsequence of your own being. But what you can say is: any single voice does matter. Any individual action is in fact a human voice that is there to witness the world. That, in itself, is worthwhile. You have to keep both things in your head at once - the biggest possible picture and the most minute one - the 'right now'. Then you have access to both objective and subjective narratives, you have perspective, so you don't get lost.
2 Whenever I've had a dull moment in performing, it becomes absolutely, exquisitely painful. When it's good you know, no matter how difficult the music is, time just flies by. When it's not, time becomes excruciatingly slow - you're Sisyphus pushing that boulder up the hill that never ends. People might still say,'That was a good performance', but you feel absolutely horrible because you weren't connecting with what the music is about. When I do connect, then I have the easiest job in the world.
3 I'd like to think that the the four strings on the cello are attached to my vocal chords. So whatever you think should be reflected in the sound, in the musculature of how you pull the bow and how it comes out, there should be no impediment between the thought and the sound. That's something that people strive for, but never want to hear 'So-and-so's a great instrumentalist'. What you want to hear is, 'Oh, that makes me think'.
4 Grow old gracefully by maintaining your curiosity.
5 I think of a piece of music as something that comes alive when it is being performed, and I feel that my role in the transmission of music is to be its best advocate at that moment.


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