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Jonathan Noah Levy Media Center: Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma

Asian American and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month

Wall Of Excellence



Recognized as a great talent from an early age, Chinese American cellist Yo-Yo Ma (born in Paris, 1955) has been a fixture on the international music scene for over three decades.


Renowned for his interpretations of works by Beethoven and Brahms, as well as collaborations with other musical greats, like Isaac Stern or Emanuel Ax, his most famous renditions are those of solo cello works by J. S. Bach. Some of the Yo-Yo Ma's performances of movements from Bach's solo cello suites have entered the bestseller charts since the inception of digital music services.


While extensively touring, recording, and giving masterclasses in the field of classical music, Yo-Yo Ma was open to collaborations outside of his native field. While he has proven to be at home in the genres of bluegrass, tango, and Latin music, his collaborations with jazz musician Bobby McFerrin were especially memorable.  



Ma's Silk Road Project has been making exciting cultural offerings based on traditions that flourished along the Silk Road, an ancient trade route connecting China and the West. He performed at presidential inaugurations in 2009 and 2021.




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