2 Yo-Yo Ma Born October 7, 1955 in Paris, France Moved to NYC when he was 5Very Musical Family - Mom was a singer, dad was a violinist and music professorStarted on the violin, then switched to viola. Wanted to play the bass, but compromised with the cello because of the size of the bass.
3 Started performing for audiences at age 5 Age 7 - Performed for Presidents John F. Kennedy & Dwight D. EisenhowerAge 8 - appeared on tv with his sister in a concert conducted by Leonard Bernstein
4 Education Age 15 - Graduated from Trinity School in NYC Trinity - Private School - Notable attendees/alumni include:Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Connelly, Oliver Stone, Ryu Goto (brother of Midori), Stacy London, and John McEnroeStudied Cello at Julliard with Leonard RoseBriefly attended Columbia University before enrolling at Harvard University
5 Played in Marlboro Festival Orchestra under direction of Pablo Casals Received his Bachelor’s Degree (liberal arts) from Harvard in 1976President Obama appointed Ma to serve on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities
6 Awards 1978 - Avery Fisher Prize 1999 - Glenn Gould Prize National Medal of the ArtsDan David PrizeSonning PrizeWorld Economic Forum’s Crystal AwardAppointed a CultureConnect Ambassador by the U.S. Dept. of State in met with, trained and mentored thousands of students worldwide including Lithuania, Korea, Lebanon, Azerbaijan and ChinaPerformed with and conducted master classes for members of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra
7 Currently plays with his Silk Road Ensemble Goal is to bring together musicians from diverse countries all of which are historically linked via the Silk Road
8 Cello Nicknamed Petunia Made by Domenico Montagnana in 1733 Little girl named it when Ma had not.Made by Domenico Montagnana in 1733Valued at $2.5 million dollarsLost in the fall of 1999 when Ma accidentally left it in a taxicab in NYCAnother of Ma’s cellos, the Davidov Stradivarius, was previously owned by Jacqueline du Pre who passed it to him upon her deathMa also owns a carbon fiber cello made by the Luis and Clark company of Boston
9 MusicVery eclectic repertoire including: Baroque period (using period instruments), American Bluegrass, Chinese melodies, Tangos, collaboration with Bobby McFerrin and Philip Glass.
10 DiscographyMoviesSeven Years in TibetCrouching Tiger, Hidden DragonMaster and Commander: The Far Side of the WorldMemoirs of a GeishaHas over 75 albums, 15 of which are Grammy Award winners
12 Personal Lifemarried long-time girlfriend, Jill Hornor, whom he met while playing in Marlboro Festival OrchestraShe is a German Language professor2 - Kids: Nicholas & EmilyCurrently resides in Boston, Mass.