Yo-Yo Ma was born in 1955 to Chinese parents living in Paris. He began to study the cello at age 4 and spent most of his formative years in New York. Mr. Ma graduated from Harvard University in 1976. He has created programs with such artists as Emanuel Ax, Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, Pamela Frank, Jeffre Kahane, Young Uck Kim, Jaime Laredo, Bobby McFerrin, Edgar Meyer, Mark O'Connor, Peter Serkin, Isaac Stem, Richard Stoltzman and Kathryn Stott. Ma has recorded nearly 50 albums that include 12 Grammy award winners. Among his most recent releases is the world premiere recording of John Tavener's "Wake Up ... And Die," paired with "The Protecting Veil." In 1999, Yo-Yo Ma toured with the Amsterdam Baroqu Orchestra, giving concerts in New York, Amsterdam, Berlin, Frankfurt, London and Vienna. His films have been broadcast on networks worldwide and won numerous honors, including two 1998 Emmy Awards, 16 Canadian Gemini nominations and many film festival prizes. Mr. Ma is currently working on his Silk Road Project, that is based upon the exploration of cultures along the Silk Road, the ancient trading route that connected East Asia to Europe.
Last Updated: 9/14/09