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10.17.14
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SEE YO-YO MA & KATHRYN STOTT LIVE FROM THE WISCONSIN UNION THEATER
05.23.14
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Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Receives Fred Rogers Legacy Award
Broadway World
05.03.14
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Sphinx Joins Forces with Yo-Yo Ma in Detroit and Cambridge
Africlassical
04.10.14
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Yo-Yo Ma and friends bring 'arts strike' to Detroit school
The Detroit News
04.06.14
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Yo-Yo Ma to receive first Fred Rogers Legacy Award
Westmoreland Tribune Review
03.12.14
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Yo-Yo Ma: philosopher as well as cellist
The Vancouver Sun
03.03.14
Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma
Ma and Ax review: A fine makeover of Brahms
San Francisco Chronicle
03.01.14
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Cellist Yo-Yo Ma brings Schumann’s concerto to SFS for one night only
SF Classical Music Examiner
02.28.14
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Cellist Yo-Yo Ma to receive Fred Rogers Legacy Award
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
02.27.14
Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma
Music review: A brilliant Brahms duo of Yo-Yo Ma and Emmanuel Ax
Los Angeles Times
02.22.14
Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma
Ma and Ax team up for a memorable evening of Brahms
Chicago Classical Review
01.25.14
Yo-Yo Ma, Silk Road Ensemble
Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble enlightens music students
Times of Oman
01.24.14
Yo-Yo Ma, Silk Road Ensemble
Bringing the world together
Oman Observer
01.21.14
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Behind The Cello
The Huffington Post
12.07.13
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Yo-Yo Ma's voracious appetite for Bach resounds through sold-out Jemison Concert Hall (music review)
Al.com
12.06.13
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Life lessons from Yo-Yo Ma: Surprise Houston talk wows kids, reveals a happy-go-lucky cello celeb
culturemap Houston
11.22.13
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Review: Cellist Yo-Yo Ma fills two concert halls at Oberlin College (November 20)
Cleveland Classical
11.11.13
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Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Xinghai Concert Hall, Guangzhou – review
Financial Times
10.10.13
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Yo-Yo Ma and the Mind Game of Music
The New York Times
10.04.13
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A surrealistic, playful Prokofiev, reprised 87 years later at BSO
Boston Globe
10.01.13
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Famed Musician Yo Yo Ma Talks Gustavo Dudamel and What He Failed in College
Huffington Post
09.30.13
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Christoph Eschenbach leads NSO in gala opener with Yo-Yo Ma, Cameron Carpenter
Washington Post
09.28.13
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Review: Yo-Yo Ma brings his magic to PSO gala
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
09.18.13
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Laugh-In With Yo-Yo Ma
The Buffalo News
09.12.13
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An Exciting BPO Opening Night
ArtVoice
08.22.13
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Concert Review: All-star Goat Rodeo troupe hits a strong stride at Meadow Brook
Oakland Press
08.21.13
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The Goat Rodeo Sessions with Yo-Yo Ma comes to Berkeley's Greek Theater
Marin Independent Journal
08.21.13
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Review: Genre-hopping quartet put on dazzling show
Cincinnati Enquirer
08.21.13
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The Goat Rodeo Sessions: Bluegrass meets classical
San Francisco Chronicle
08.20.13
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Review: Even as second fiddle, Yo-Yo Ma's cello is first rate
Times Herald-Record
08.16.13
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Concert review: Yo-Yo Ma leads 'Goat Rodeo Show' at Tanglewood
masslive.com
08.16.13
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Yo-Yo Ma and the Goat Rodeo Sessions pull up to Bethel Woods
Times Herald-Record
08.15.13
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Yo-Yo Ma reflects on Woodstock and more
Poughkeepsie Journal
08.11.13
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Yo-Yo Ma brings Goat Rodeo Sessions to Bethel Woods
Almanac Weekly
07.16.13
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Cellist Yo-Yo Ma to advise Detroit-based Sphinx Organization
Crain's Detroit Business
06.12.13
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MTT and Yo-Yo Ma with the LSO at the Barbican
Bachtrack
06.12.13
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LSO/Tilson Thomas – review
The Guardian (UK)
06.11.13
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Review: LSO/Michael Tilson Thomas with Yo-Yo Ma – Britten, Copland & Shostakovich
ClassicalSource.com
05.14.13
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Civic Orchestra doesn't need a conductor to play inspired Beethoven
Chicago Tribune
05.13.13
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The remarkable and regular Yo-Yo Ma
Go Mighty
04.08.13
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Aspen Institute names Yo-Yo Ma its artist in residence
Denver Journal
04.05.13
Yo-Yo Ma, Cristina Pato
Americans for the Arts to Livestream Lecture and Host Google+ Hangout on Arts Education, Both with Yo-Yo Ma
Americans for the Arts
04.03.13
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Yo-Yo Ma: Still Honored, Still Exploring
Soundcheck
03.01.13
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Yo-Yo Ma proves his virtuoso mettle in Lutoslawski's Cello Concerto, with CSO
Chicago Tribune
02.11.13
Yo-Yo Ma, Ravi Shankar
YO-YO MA & RAVI SHANKAR WIN GRAMMY AWARDS
Grammy.com
02.05.13
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YO-YO MA AWARDED VILCEK PRIZE FOR CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS
Vilcek Foundation
02.03.13
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Yo-Ya Ma shares the spotlight in Aliso Viejo
Orange Country Register
01.28.13
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Review: Yo-Yo Ma gives flawless recital with pianist Kathryn Stott at Bing Concert Hall
San Jose Mercury News
01.26.13
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Yo-Yo Ma rocks the Green Center
Press Democrat
01.22.13
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Interview with cellist Yo-Yo Ma
San Francisco Examiner
12.06.12
Gene Scheer, Yo-Yo Ma, Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar, Hugh Masekela, Richard Kaufman, Paul Groves
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2013 GRAMMY NOMINEES
Grammy.com
12.05.12
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District Digest: Yo-Yo Ma visits and D.C. Council dysfunctions
Georgetown Voice
12.04.12
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Yo-Yo Ma and Gustavo Dudamel Visit D.C. Today, And You Probably Won’t Get to See Them
Washington City Paper
12.04.12
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Yo-Yo Ma and the Bach cello suites: Familiar, but certainly not routine
Washington Post
10.17.12
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Chicago Symphony Orchestra extends Yo-Yo Ma’s creative consultancy through June 2015
Washington Post
05.31.12
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Yo-Yo Ma and TSO play beautifully together
The Globe and Mail
05.31.12
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Yo-Yo Ma fosters Toronto students' creativity
CBC News
05.31.12
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Yo-Yo Ma delights again with depth of musicality
Toronto Star
05.25.12
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The Big Interview: Yo-Yo Ma pays back his debt to Toronto
Toronto Star
04.23.12
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WHITE HOUSE COMMITTEE LAUNCHES ARTS INITIATIVE TO HELP TURN AROUND LOW-PERFORMING SCHOOLS
Turnaround Arts Initiative
03.19.12
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Renee Fleming, Yo-Yo Ma in harmony
Chicago Tribune
02.16.12
Yo-Yo Ma, Kayhan Kalhor, Wu Man, Silk Road Ensemble
The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma Embarks on Seven-City Concert Tour in Asia March 3 – 12, 2012
Silk Road Ensemble
02.06.12
Marin Alsop, Daniel Hope, Yo-Yo Ma, Brooklyn Rider , Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)
25 Tastemakers & Trendsetters
Strings Magazine
01.26.12
Yo-Yo Ma
THE GOAT RODEO SESSIONS LIVE
12.04.11
Yo-Yo Ma, Barbara Cook
Kennedy Center Honors: D.C.’s glitziest night of all
The Washington Post
10.05.11
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Yo-Yo Ma makes music for all
Chicago Sun-Times
09.30.11
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Yo-Yo Ma composes speech, inspires audience
The DePauw
09.16.11
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In pursuit of neuroscience: Yo-Yo Ma
Financial Times
09.16.11
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Symphony's brilliant Brahms outshines Yo-Yo Ma
San Francisco Chronicle
09.07.11
Yo-Yo Ma, Barbara Cook
BARBARA COOK & YO-YO MA TO RECEIVE KENNEDY CENTER HONORS
The Kennedy Center
08.31.11
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BBC Proms, Cadogan Hall/Royal Albert Hall, London
Financial Times
08.29.11
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Proms 2011 – Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott
ClassicalSouce.com
06.03.11
Yo-Yo Ma, Silk Road Ensemble
Arts and Ideas Festival Extends Reach Across Borders
The New York Times
05.14.11
Yo-Yo Ma, Mason Bates
Riccardo Muti’s youthful leanings emerge
Chicago Sun-Times
03.26.11
Yo-Yo Ma, Silk Road Ensemble
Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble, next stop: San Antonio
La Prensasa
02.01.11
Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma takes music to the masses
Chicago Sun-Times
02.01.11
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Yo-Yo Ma to be featured
Banner Graphic
02.01.11
Yo-Yo Ma, Silk Road Ensemble
SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE WITH YO-YO MA TO TOUR TX, CA, BC THIS SPRING
01.30.11
Yo-Yo Ma
From the stage to the streets
Chicago Tribune
01.03.11
Alisa Weilerstein & Lera Auerbach , Miro Quartet , Courtney Lewis, Donald Runnicles, Patrick Summers, Gene Scheer, Jeremy Denk, Garrick Ohlsson, James Ehnes, Ryu Goto, Jennifer Koh, Yo-Yo Ma, Anoushka Shankar, Brooklyn Rider , Minnesota Orchestra , Michelle DeYoung, Francesca Zambello, Chanticleer
Opus 3 Artists's Best of 2010
11.17.10
Yo-Yo Ma
YO-YO MA TO RECEIVE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM
Office of the Press Secretary
10.29.10
Yo-Yo Ma
Flitting the Globe Over in Torment and Lyricism
The New York Times
09.10.10
Yo-Yo Ma, The Knights
Chamber Music With Muscle
The New York Times
08.23.10
Yo-Yo Ma, Silk Road Ensemble
Yo-Yo Ma's ensemble unites world of talent
The Capital Times
08.20.10
Yo-Yo Ma, Silk Road Ensemble
Eclectic musical evening excels
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
08.16.10
Yo-Yo Ma, Silk Road Ensemble
Yo-Yo Ma and Silk Road Ensemble make journey to Blossom rewarding
Cleveland Plain Dealer
08.08.10
Yo-Yo Ma, Silk Road Ensemble
Yo-Yo Ma and Silk Road Ensemble at the Mann: Beyond borders
Philadelphia Inquirer
07.29.10
Yo-Yo Ma
The Ever-Curious Cellist
Wall Street Journal
05.16.10
Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma
Mendelssohn: Piano Trios: Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax
Pittsburgh Tribune
05.06.10
Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma
A Power Trio Highlights Mendelssohn
The New York Times
05.05.10
Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma
Live From Lincoln Center: Perlman, Ax and Ma @ the Penthouse
PBS
05.01.10
Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma
MENDELSSOHN: Piano Trios 1&2, Opp. 49 &66
Stereophile Magazine
04.20.10
Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma
Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman: Mendelssohn Piano Trios
The National
03.28.10
Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott Exemplary and Seductive
The Boston Musical Intelligencer
03.27.10
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From Russia with tango, in Symphony Hall
Boston Globe
03.25.10
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Yo-Yo Ma provides engrossing journey in wide-ranging program
Chicago Classical Review
03.14.10
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Yo-Yo Ma: Cellist in chief
The Washington Post
02.23.10
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YO-YO MA ON FACES OF AMERICA
02.01.10
Marin Alsop, Yo-Yo Ma, Colin Currie, Sérgio and Odair Assad, Silk Road Ensemble , Katarina Karnéus, Ian Bostridge, Nathan Gunn
CONGRATULATIONS OPUS 3 ARTISTS GRAMMY WINNERS
02.01.10
Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma
Pianist and Cellist Have an Encounter With Chopin and Schumann
The New York Times
01.18.10
Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma: Ready for the Fire
San Francisco Classical Voice
01.08.10
Yo-Yo Ma
Seeking the BSO’s inner period instrument band
Boston Globe
12.15.09
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Cellist Yo-Yo Ma named to new post at CSO
Associated Press
12.08.09
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Yo-Yo Ma as teacher: 'It was surreal'
Los Angeles Times
12.06.09
Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma fresh, charming with TSO
Arizona Daily Star
12.04.09
Marin Alsop, Ingo Metzmacher, Yefim Bronfman, Daniel Hope, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Yo-Yo Ma, Colin Currie, Sérgio and Odair Assad, Silk Road Ensemble , Estonian National Symphony Orchestra , Katarina Karnéus, Ian Bostridge, Nathan Gunn
CONGRATULATIONS OPUS 3 ARTISTS GRAMMY NOMINEES
11.11.09
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Yo-yo Ma's NCPA debut stirs Beijing
CCTV.com
11.03.09
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YO-YO MA APPOINTED TO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S COMMITTEE ON THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES
New York Times (Arts Beat)
10.28.09
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Ma, orchestra respond to each other
Charlotte Observer
10.04.09
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PM gets by with help from Yo-Yo Ma
CBC News
08.26.09
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Placido Domingo and Yo-Yo Ma together for the first time
Los Angeles Times
08.22.09
Yo-Yo Ma, Silk Road Ensemble
Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble heads for the Proms
The Times (UK)
08.17.09
Yo-Yo Ma, Silk Road Ensemble
SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE'S EUROPEAN TOUR BEGINS SEPTEMBER 11
06.23.09
Daniel Barenboim, Yo-Yo Ma, Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)
OPUS 3 ARTISTS IN SCIENCE & SONG ON PBS
06.08.09
Yo-Yo Ma, Silk Road Ensemble
SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE WITH YO-YO MA LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER, JUNE 9
05.13.09
Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma plays transcendent Bach
Vancouver Sun
04.23.09
Yo-Yo Ma, Silk Road Ensemble
Yo-Yo Ma and His Passion
AARP
04.01.09
Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma
A Three-Star Salute to Mendelssohn at 200
The New York Times
03.19.09
Yo-Yo Ma, Silk Road Ensemble
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Ponders Links Between Mummies, Gandhi, Jeans
Bloomberg News
03.12.09
Yo-Yo Ma, Wu Man, Silk Road Ensemble
Ma leads group down Silk Road
The Boston Globe
03.10.09
Yo-Yo Ma, Silk Road Ensemble
The Silk Road Ensemble
EDGE
03.03.09
Yo-Yo Ma, Silk Road Ensemble
Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma 2009 Tour Begins March 6
03.01.09
Yo-Yo Ma, Silk Road Ensemble
For the Love of Layla
The New York Times
02.09.09
James Conlon, Yo-Yo Ma, Wu Man, Silk Road Ensemble , Patti LuPone, Mariachi Los Camperos
2009 GRAMMY AWARD WINNERS
01.20.09
Yo-Yo Ma
Watch Yo-Yo Ma and Gabriela Montero live at Obama's inauguration.
01.14.09
Osvaldo Golijov, Yo-Yo Ma
Golijov’s “Azul” in a Fresh Context
MusicalAmerica.com
12.18.08
Yo-Yo Ma
YO-YO MA AND GABRIELA MONTERO TO PERFORM FOR OBAMA'S INAUGURATION
12.15.08
Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma/ Kathryn Stott, Barbican Hall, London
The Independent
12.04.08
James Conlon, Robert Spano, Jonathan Biss, Jennifer Koh, Yuri Bashmet, Yo-Yo Ma, Wu Man, Silk Road Ensemble , Atlanta Symphony Orchestra , Patti LuPone, Mariachi Los Camperos , Michelle DeYoung
OPUS 3 ARTISTS 2009 GRAMMY AWARD NOMINEES
12.01.08
Yo-Yo Ma, Silk Road Ensemble
Yo-Yo Ma Musician of the Year
Musical America
11.18.08
Marin Alsop, Yo-Yo Ma, Stephanie Blythe
YO-YO MA, MARIN ALSOP, AND STEPHANIE BLYTHE AMONG THE 2009 MUSICAL AMERICA HONOREES
11.14.08
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Yo-Yo Ma's Recording Songs of Joy & Peace Achieves Best-Ever One Week Sales of Ma's 30-Year Career With Sony Masterworks
Sony Masterworks
11.14.08
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Every day is a holiday for Yo-Yo Ma
CNN
10.27.08
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YO-YO MA APPEARS ON THE COLBERT REPORT
10.10.08
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Indaba Music Announces Opportunity to Celebrate and Collaborate with Yo-Yo Ma
Business Wire
10.03.08
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Yo-Yo Ma's Latest CD: A Spiritual Journey
Associated Press
09.29.08
Yo-Yo Ma, Kayhan Kalhor & Brooklyn Rider , Silk Road Ensemble
Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project at the Hollywood Bowl
The Los Angeles Times
05.06.08
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Yo-Yo Ma performs with RPO at Eastman Theatre
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
05.06.08
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YO-YO MA INDUCTED INTO CLASSICAL MUSIC HALL OF FAME
05.05.08
Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma takes over where Rostropovich left off
The Globe & Mail
03.06.08
Yo-Yo Ma, Silk Road Ensemble
Yo-Yo Ma and friends delight audience in Kingston
DailyFreeman.com
01.29.08
Yo-Yo Ma
From the Berbers to Bach
International Herald Tribune
01.25.08
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Emma Thompson, Yo-Yo Ma honoured by World Economic Forum in Davos
The Canadian Press
11.12.07
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Crossing cultures by making melodies
U.S News & World Report

Yo-Yo Ma’s multi-faceted career is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences, and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, coming together with colleagues for chamber music or exploring cultures and musical forms outside the Western classical tradition, Mr. Ma strives to find connections that stimulate the imagination.

Yo-Yo Ma maintains a balance between his engagements as soloist with orchestras throughout the world and his recital and chamber music activities. He draws inspiration from a wide circle of collaborators, creating programs with such artists as Emanuel Ax, Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, Kayhan Kalhor, Ton Koopman, Bobby McFerrin, Edgar Meyer, Mark Morris, Riccardo Muti, Mark O’Connor, Kathryn Stott, Michael Tilson Thomas, Wu Man, Wu Tong, Damian Woetzel, and David Zinman. Each of these collaborations is fueled by the artists’ interactions, often extending the boundaries of a particular genre. One of Mr. Ma’s goals is the exploration of music as a means of communication and as a vehicle for the migration of ideas across a range of cultures throughout the world. To that end, he has taken time to immerse himself in subjects as diverse as native Chinese music with its distinctive instruments and the music of the Kalahari bush people in Africa.

Expanding upon this interest, in 1998, Mr. Ma established Silkroad, a nonprofit organization that works at the edge where education, business, and the arts come together to transform the world.  Under his artistic direction, Silkroad presents performances by the acclaimed Silk Road Ensemble and develops new music, cultural partnerships, education programs, and cross-disciplinary collaborations. Silkroad’s ongoing affiliation with Harvard University has made it possible to develop programs such as the Arts and Passion-Driven Learning institute for educators and teaching artists, held in collaboration with the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a new Cultural Entrepreneurship initiative in partnership with Harvard Business School. More than 80 new musical and multimedia works have been commissioned for the Silk Road Ensemble from composers and arrangers around the world. Through his work with Silkroad, as throughout his career, Yo-Yo Ma seeks to expand the cello repertoire, frequently performing lesser known music of the 20th century and commissions of new concertos and recital pieces.  He has premiered works by a diverse group of composers, among them Stephen Albert, Elliott Carter, Chen Yi, Richard Danielpour, Osvaldo Golijov, John Harbison, Leon Kirchner, Peter Lieberson, Christopher Rouse, Bright Sheng, Tan Dun, John Williams and Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky.

As the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant, Mr. Ma is partnering with Maestro Riccardo Muti to provide collaborative musical leadership and guidance on innovative program development for The Negaunee Music Institute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and for Chicago Symphony artistic initiatives.  Ma’s work focuses on the transformative power music can have in individuals’ lives, and on increasing the number and variety of opportunities audiences have to experience music in their communities.  Mr. Ma and the Institute have created the Citizen Musician Initiative (www.citizenmusician.org), a movement that calls on all musicians, music lovers, music teachers and institutions to use the art form to bridge gulfs between people and to create and inspire a sense of community. 

Yo-Yo Ma is strongly committed to educational programs that not only bring young audiences into contact with music but also allow them to participate in its creation. While touring, he takes time whenever possible to conduct master classes as well as more informal programs for students – musicians and non-musicians alike. At the same time, he continues to develop new concert programs for family audiences, for instance helping to inaugurate the family series at Carnegie Hall. In each of these undertakings, he works to connect music to students’ daily surroundings and activities with the goal of making music and creativity a vital part of children’s lives from an early age. He has also reached young audiences through appearances on “Arthur,” “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and “Sesame Street.”  

Mr. Ma’s discography of over 90 albums (including more than 17 Grammy Award winners) reflects his wide-ranging interests. He has made several successful recordings that defy categorization, among them “Hush” with Bobby McFerrin, “Appalachia Waltz” and “Appalachian Journey” with Mark O’Connor and Edgar Meyer and two Grammy-winning tributes to the music of Brazil, “Obrigado Brazil” and “Obrigado Brazil – Live in Concert.” Mr. Ma’s recent recordings include Mendelssohn Trios with Emanuel Ax and Itzhak Perlman, and “The Goat Rodeo Sessions,” with Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile and Stuart Duncan, which received the 2013 Grammy for Best Folk Album.  Across this full range of releases, Mr. Ma remains one of the best-selling recording artists in the classical field. All of his recent albums have quickly entered the Billboard chart of classical best sellers, remaining in the Top 15 for extended periods, often with as many as four titles simultaneously on the list. In fall 2009, Sony Classical released a box set of over 90 albums to commemorate Mr. Ma’s 30 years as a Sony recording artist.

Yo-Yo Ma was born in 1955 to Chinese parents living in Paris. He began to study the cello with his father at age four and soon came with his family to New York, where he spent most of his formative years. Later, his principal teacher was Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School. He sought out a traditional liberal arts education to expand upon his conservatory training, graduating from Harvard University in 1976. He has received numerous awards, including the Avery Fisher Prize (1978), the Glenn Gould Prize (1999), the National Medal of the Arts (2001), the Dan David Prize (2006), the Sonning Prize (2006), the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award (2008), the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2010), the Polar Music Prize (2012) and the Vilcek Prize in Contemporary Music (2013).  In 2011, Mr. Ma was recognized as a Kennedy Center Honoree.  Appointed a CultureConnect Ambassador by the United States Department of State in 2002, Mr. Ma has met with, trained and mentored thousands of students worldwide in countries including Lithuania, Korea, Lebanon, Azerbaijan and China.   Mr. Ma serves as a UN Messenger of Peace and as a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts & the Humanities.  He has performed for eight American presidents, most recently at the invitation of President Obama on the occasion of the 56th Inaugural Ceremony.

Mr. Ma and his wife have two children. He plays two instruments, a 1733 Montagnana cello from Venice and the 1712 Davidoff Stradivarius.