Yo-Yo Ma

馬友友 - Mǎ Yǒuyǒu

Also known as Ma, Violin solo performed on cello, Y.Y. Ma, Yo Yo Ma
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Discography of Yo-Yo Ma:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Six Suites For Unaccompanied Cello 42 Audio 2001 Sony Classical
2 Ludwig Van B. - Immortal Beloved (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 26 Audio 1994
3 Japanese Melodies 10 Audio 1984 CBS
4 Immortal Beloved 26 Audio 1994 Sony Classical
5 Simply Baroque 18 Audio 1999 Sony Classical
6 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - Film + Soundtrack 25 Audio 2008-06-03
7 Hush 13 Audio 1992 Sony Masterworks
8 Tripelkonzert C-Dur Op.56 Für Klavier, Violine Und Violoncello (Tripelkonzert) 4 Audio 1980 ETERNA
9 Hush 3 Audio 1992 Sony Masterworks
10 Silk Road Journeys 13 Audio 2001 Sony Classical
11 Bolling Suite For Cello & Jazz Piano Trio 6 Audio 1984 CBS
12 Bolling: Suite For Cello & Jazz Piano Trio 6 Audio 1984 CBS
13 Cello Concerto, Op.104 / Rondo, Op.94 / Klid/Waldesruhe, Op.68 No. 5 8 Audio 1986 CBS Masterworks Digital
14 Japanese Melodies 10 Audio 1984 CBS
15 Silk Road Journeys: Beyond The Horizon 18 Audio 2004 Sony Classical
16 Naqoyqatsi (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 11 Audio 2002
17 Obrigado Brazil 17 Audio 2003 Sony Classical
18 The Protecting Veil / Wake Up...And Die 8 Audio 1998 Sony Classical
19 Symphony No. 5 / Cello Concerto No. 1 10 Audio 1989 CBS Masterworks
20 Tripelkonzert • Triple Concerto / Ouvertüren: Egmont • Coriolan • Fidelio 8 Audio 1985 Deutsche Grammophon
21 The Six Unaccompanied Cello Suites / 6 Suiten Für Violoncello / Les 6 Suites Pour Violoncelle Seul (Complete) 42 Audio 1983 CBS Masterworks
22 Phantasmagoria 10 Audio 2000 Sony Classical
23 Symphony 1997 13 Audio 1997 Sony Classical
24 Concertos From The New World 8 Audio 1995 Sony Classical
25 Simply Baroque 11 Audio 1999 Sony Classical
26 Appalachian Journey 15 Audio 2000-03-21 Sony Classical
27 Appalachia Waltz 16 Audio 1996 Sony Classical
28 Brahms Cello Sonatas 9 Audio 1998 RCA Victor Red Seal
29 Obrigado Brazil Live In Concert 18 Audio 2004-02-10 Sony Classical
30 The Essential Yo-Yo Ma 36 Audio 2005-08-16
31 The Unaccompanied Cello Suites Vol.2 - Suites Nos. 3 & 4 14 Audio 1983 CBS Masterworks
32 Sonatas For Viola Da Gamba & Harpsichord 3 Audio 1983 CBS Masterworks
33 Elgar, Walton: Cello Concertos 8 Audio 1985 CBS Masterworks
34 Double Concerto 10 Audio 1988 CBS Masterworks
35 Appalachian Journey 15 Audio 2000 Sony Classical
36 Mozart 10 Audio 2001 Sony Classical
37 The Unaccompanied Cello Suites Vol. 3 (Nos. 5 & 6) 2 Audio 1983 CBS Masterworks Digital
38 Suite For Cello & Jazz Piano Trio 8 Audio 1984 CBS
39 The Goat Rodeo Sessions 11 Audio 2011-10-24 Sony Classical
40 Schumann: Cello Concerto 17 Audio 1988 CBS Masterworks
41 Divertimento, K. 563 6 Audio 1990-10-25 Sony Classical
42 Meyer - Bottesini: Concertos 14 Audio 2002 Sony Classical
43 Cello Concerto, Etc. 11 Audio 1990
44 Cello Concerti 5 Audio 1990-10-25 CBS Masterworks
45 Double Concert • Piano Quartet, Op. 60 2 Audio 1990-10-25 CBS Masterworks
46 Quintets 10 Audio 1996-11-12 Sony Classical
47 Sonatas For Cello And Piano 3 Audio 1992-10-06 Sony Classical
48 U.S Winter Tour: Madison, WI. Overture Hall 4 Audio 2006-05-01 Instant Live
49 Sonatas For Viola Da Gamba & Harpsichord 14 Audio 1990-10-25 CBS Masterworks
50 Sonatas For Viola Da Gamba & Harpsichord 15 Audio 1983 CBS Masterworks


US-American cellist, virtuoso and orchestral composer (born 7 October 1955 in Paris, France.)



Yo-Yo Ma (simplified Chinese: 马友友; traditional Chinese: 馬友友; pinyin: Mǎ Yǒuyǒu) is a French-born American cellist, virtuoso, orchestral composer of Chinese descent, and winner of multiple Grammy Awards, the National Medal of Arts in 2001 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. He is one of the most famous cellists of the modern age.

Yo-Yo Ma was born in Paris on October 7, 1955, to Chinese parents and had a musical upbringing. His mother, Marina Lu, was a singer, and his father, Hiao-Tsiun Ma, was a violinist and professor of music. His family moved to New York when he was five years old.

At a very young age, Ma began studying violin, and later viola, before finding his true calling by taking up the cello in 1960 at age four. According to Ma, his first choice was the double bass due to its large size, but he compromised and took up cello instead. The child prodigy began performing before audiences at age five, and performed for Presidents John F. Kennedy and Dwight D. Eisenhower when he was seven. At age eight, he appeared on American television with his sister, Yeou-Cheng Ma, in a concert conducted by Leonard Bernstein. By fifteen years of age, Ma had graduated from Trinity School in New York and appeared as a soloist with the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra in a performance of the Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations.

Ma studied at the Juilliard School with Leonard Rose and briefly attended Columbia University before ultimately enrolling at Harvard University. Prior to entering Harvard, Ma played in the Marlboro Festival Orchestra under the direction of nonagenarian cellist and conductor Pablo Casals. Ma would ultimately spend four summers at the Marlboro Music Festival after meeting and falling in love with Mount Holyoke College sophomore and festival administrator Jill Hornor his first summer there in 1972.

However, even before that time, Ma had steadily gained fame and had performed with most of the world's major orchestras. His recordings and performances of Johann Sebastian Bach's Cello Suites recorded in 1983 and again in 1994–1997 are particularly acclaimed. He has also played a good deal of chamber music, often with the pianist Emanuel Ax, with whom he has a close friendship back from their days together at the Juilliard School of Music in New York.

Ma received his bachelor's degree from Harvard in 1976. In 1991, he received an honorary doctorate from Harvard.

Ma currently plays with his own Silk Road Ensemble, which has the goal of bringing together musicians from diverse countries all of which are historically linked via the Silk Road, and records on the Sony Classical label. Ma's primary performance instrument is the cello nicknamed Petunia, built by Domenico Montagnana in 1733. It was named this by a female student that approached him after one of his classes in Salt Lake City asking if he had a nickname for his cello. He said, "No, but if I play for you, will you name it?" She chose Petunia, and it stuck. This cello, more than 270 years old and valued at US$2.5 million, was lost in the fall of 1999 when Ma accidentally left the instrument in a taxicab in New York City. It was later recovered undamaged. Another of Ma's cellos, the Davidov Stradivarius, was previously owned by Jacqueline du Pré who passed it to him upon her death, and owned by the Vuitton Foundation. Though Du Pré previously voiced her frustration with the "unpredictability" of this cello, Ma attributed the comment to du Pré's impassioned style of playing, adding that the Stradivarius cello must be "coaxed" by the player. It was until recently set up in a Baroque manner, since Ma exclusively played Baroque music on it. He also owns a cello made of carbon fiber by the Luis and Clark company of Boston.

In 1997 he was featured on John Williams' soundtrack to the Hollywood film, Seven Years in Tibet. In 2000, he was heard on the soundtrack of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and in 2003 on that of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. He collaborated with Williams again on the original score for the 2005 film Memoirs of a Geisha. Yo-Yo Ma has also worked with world-renowned Italian composer Ennio Morricone and has recorded Morricone's compositions of the Dollars Trilogy including The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. He also has over 75 albums, 15 of which are Grammy Award winners. Ma is a recipient of the International Center in New York's Award of Excellence.

Ma was named Peace Ambassador by United Nations then Secretary-General Kofi Annan in January 2006.

On November 3, 2009, President Obama appointed Ma to serve on the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. His music was featured in the 2010 documentary Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story, narrated by Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman.


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