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Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma is the cello's foremost contemporary proponent; while primarily a classical performer, he has also made a number of highly successful crossover recordings. Born October 7, 1955 to Chinese parents living in Paris, he began playing the cello at the age of four, later studying with Janos Scholz; in 1962, he also became the pupil of Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School, and was the recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize in 1978. A Harvard graduate, Ma made his initial impact performing J.S. Bach's Suites for Unaccompanied Cello, which he also recorded early on in his career; years later, he returned to Bach's work alongside artists from a variety of disciplines, reinterpreting each suite for a series of films, dubbed Inspired by Bach (made in conjunction with the likes of Canadian filmmakers Atom Egoyan and Francois Giraud along with choreographer Mark Morris). In addition to the standard concerto repertoire, Ma also recorded albums such as Hush (with vocalist Bobby McFerrin) and 1996's Appalachia Waltz, an album of original Nashville music featuring country fiddler Mark O'Connor and bassist Edgar Meyer. He also performed the music of Astor Piazzolla for the soundtrack of the Sally Potter film The Tango Lesson, and explored native Chinese music as well as the music of the Kalahari bush people of Africa. He has won numerous Grammy awards, recording such diverse music as Brazilian bossa nova, Argentine tango, American roots and bluegrass, and the soundtrack for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. In 1998 he founded the Silk Road Project, to explore the exchange of musical ideas that occurred along the historical trade route. His CDs of the early 2000s touched on both traditional and crossover repertory, with two albums of Vivaldi's music recorded with keyboardist and conductor Ton Koopman emerging as successful examples of the former, and the Obrigado Brazil CD becoming another crossover best seller. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Appassionato

Composer: John Williams (Guitar)
Title: Going To School, For Cello & Piano
Composer: César Franck
Title: Sonata For Violin & Piano In A Major, M. 8
Composer: George Gershwin
Title: Preludes (3) For Piano
Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Title: "Winter" From The Four Seasons, Concerto For Violin, Strings & Continuo In F Minor ("L'inverno"), Op. 8/4, Rv 297
Composer: Jacob do Bandolim
Title: Doce de Coco
Composer: Dmitry Kabalevsky
Title: Cello Concerto No. 1 In G Minor, Op. 49
Composer: Ennio Morricone
Title: Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, Film Score (Aka Cinama Paradiso)
Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
Title: Carnival Of The Animals, Zoological Fantasy For 2 Pianos & Ensemble
Composer: Chinese Traditional
Title: Yanzi (Swallow Song) (Kazakh)
Composer: Johannes Brahms
Title: Concerto For Violin, Cello & Orchestra In A Minor ("Double"), Op. 102
Composer: Astor Piazzolla
Title: Soledad, Tango
Composer: Michio Mamiya
Title: Finnish Folksongs (5), For Cello & Piano
Composer: Edgar Meyer
Title: First Impressions, For Violin, Cello & Piano
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Title: Song Without Words For Cello & Piano In D Major, Op. 109
Composer: Ennio Morricone
Title: Gabriel's Oboe, Theme From The Film "The Mission"
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Track List: New Impossibilities

Composer: Rabih Abou-khalil
Title: Arabian Waltz, For Oud, String Quartet, Tuba & Frame Dtrum
Composer: Osvaldo Golijov
Title: Night Of The Flying Horses
Composer: Hai-Hai Huang
Title: Galloping Horses
Composer: Zhou Long
Title: Song Of Eight Unruly Tipsy Poets
Composer: Sandeep Das
Title: Shristi
Composer: Kayhan Kalhor
Title: The Silent City
Composer: Traditional
Title: Ambush From Ten Sides
Composer: Sandeep Das
Title: Vocussion
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Track List: The Dvorak Album

Title: Cello Concerto In B Minor, B. 191 (Op. 104)
Title: Silent Woods (Klid), For Cello & Orchestra (arr. From From The Bohemian Forest, B. 133), B. 182 (Op. 68/5)
Title: Slavonic Dance No. 10 For Orchestra In E Minor B. 147/2 (Op. 72/2)
Title: Humoresque No. 7 For Piano In G Flat Major, B. 187/7 (Op. 101/7)
Title: Songs My Mother Taught Me (Als Die Alte Mutter), Song For Voice & Piano (Gypsy Melodies), B. 104/4 (Op. 55/4)
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Track List: Silk Road Journeys: When Strangers Meet

Composer: Byambasuren Sharav
Title: Legend Of Herlen
Composer: Chinese Traditional
Title: Blue Little Flower
Title: Mido Mountain
Composer: Zhao Jiping
Title: Moon Over Guan Mountains
Composer: Michio Mamiya
Title: Finnish Folksongs (5), For Cello & Piano
Composer: Persian Traditional
Title: Avaz-e Dashti
Composer: Franguiz Ali-Zadeh
Title: Habil-Sajahy For Cello & Prepared Piano
Composer: Kayhan Kalhor
Title: Blue As The Turquoise Night Of Neyshabur
Composer: Fillippo Azzaiolo
Title: Chi Passa Per 'sta Strada, For Voices, Lutes & Violin
Composer: Tan Dun
Title: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Film Score
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Track List: Soul of the Tango: The Music of Astor Piazzolla

Composer: Astor Piazzolla
Title: Libertango, Tango
Title: Tango Suite For 2 Guitars
Title: Regreso Al Amor, Tango (from Film, Sur)
Title: Le Grand Tango, For Cello & Piano
Title: Fugata, Tango
Composer: Jorge Calandrelli
Title: Tango Remembrances
Composer: Astor Piazzolla
Title: Mumuki, Tango
Title: Tres Minutos Con La Realidad, Tango
Title: Milonga Del áNgel, Tango (From áNgel Series)
Title: L'histoire Du Tango, Tango Cycle For Flute & Guitar
Title: Data_track
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Track List: Yo-Yo Ma Plays Paganini, Kreisler, Dvorak

Composer: Fritz Kreisler
Title: Tambourin Chinois, For Violin & Piano, Op. 3
Title: Serenade For Violin & Piano (transcription From Lehár's Frasquita)
Title: Rondino On A Theme By Beethoven, For Violin & Piano
Title: Indian Lament For Violin & Piano (arr. From Dvorák's Sonatina For Violin & Piano, Op. 100)
Title: Songs My Mother Taught Me For Violin & Piano (transcription Of Dvorak's Gypsy Songs, Op. 55/4)
Title: Schön Rosmarin, For Violin & Piano
Title: Liebesfreud "Love's Joy" For Violin & Piano
Title: Liebesleid "Love's Sorrow" For Violin & Piano
Composer: Niccolò Paganini
Title: Caprice For Solo Violin In E Major ("The Hunt"), Op. 1/9, Ms 25/9
Title: Caprice For Solo Violin In B Flat Major ("The Devil's Chuckle"), Op. 1/13, MS 25/13
Title: Caprice For Solo Violin In E Flat Major (Moderato), Op. 1/14, MS 25/14
Title: Caprice For Solo Violin In E Flat Major (Sostenuto-Andante), Op. 1/17, MS 25/17
Title: Caprice For Solo Violin In A Minor (Theme & Variations), Op. 1/24
Title: Introduction And Variations On "Dal Tuo Stellato Soglio" From Rossini's "Mosè", For Violin & Orchestra, MS 23
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Track List: Beethoven: Complete Sonatas for Piano & Cello

Disc 1
Title: Sonata For Cello & Piano No. 1 In F Major, Op. 5/1
Title: Sonata For Cello & Piano No. 2 In G Minor, Op. 5/2
Title: Sonata For Cello & Piano No. 4 In C Major, Op. 102/1
Disc 2
Title: Sonata For Cello & Piano No. 3 In A Major, Op. 69
Title: Sonata For Cello & Piano No. 5 In D Major, Op. 102/2
Title: Variations For Cello & Piano In E Flat Major On Mozart's "Bei Männern," Woo 46
Title: Variations For Cello & Piano In F Major On Mozart's "Ein Mädchen Oder Weibchen," Op. 66

Comments

Too gorgeous for words. Beautiful and so inspiring.
schmemma9
Why is the bio for ludovico einaudi
merleenrosel l
I love his work because i play cello as well
Yo yo ma is one of my favorite cellist. Truly exceptional and he is still alive
Um....Yo-Yo Ma is Asian, right? That guy is soo not Yo-Yo Ma...
So, where is Yo-Yo Ma's bio????
Hmm, Emmanuel Ax's bio popped when I selected Yo-Yo Ma's. Curious.
jamdavmiller
Why is the biography for Itzhak Perlman and not Yo-yo Ma. Where is Yo-yo Ma's biography?
newfie_lover 5
Why is the bio on this page of John Williams? I want to see the bio of Yo Yo Ma!!
A truly great cellist. I have scene him on TV and have listened to some of his recordings.
Cello=best instrument EVER
lee.ann.coll i n s
cello suite number 1 in G major
I LOVE his Songs of Peace and Joy CD - duets with some incredible artists including a heartfelt rendition of Here Comes the Sun with James Taylor that I'm certain George Harrison would have loved. : < )
I love Yo-Yo Ma, he is my favorite, he's the bomb at cello. he's why i started playing the cello.
deekearney
Why is this bio written as if Ma is dead? "was the cello's foremost contemporary proponent" If that position has been overtaken by someone else then say so. Otherwise don't print his obituary before his demise.
He touches my soul...
They're missing so many albums! His picture is with Bobby McFerrin and they don't even have an album with the two of them playing together. Come on Pandora. If you don't get more competitive with music selection, you're going to get dropped for other sites.
these are a good start. also looking for "Appalachian Journey" and "Appalachian Waltz" with Meyer, O'Connor,etc .
terrybeck716
I'm looking for The Silk Road Project, too. A search for "Traditional Chinese" doesn't give you Chinese music at all.
At the present time, he IS the best.
this guy has great talent; i love his playing on Master and Commander.
Why do they talk about him like he's dead?
Yo-Yo Ma is a very great cello player and I really like all his music.
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I was specifically looking for The Silk Road Project, I couldn't find it, but I guess when you play that sort of stuff on my "radio" I'll give it a thumbs up. Thx
Yo-Yo Ma is a great cello player, he has vast amounts of skill and is considered the best in the world.
Please add YoYo Ma plays Ennio Morriconi - it is a fabulous collection of Ennio Morriconi's movie scores!
Please add Yo Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble
Two albums I'd love to see on here:
Yo-Yo Ma plays Vivaldi, and Yo-Yo Ma plays Ennio Morricone... incredible!
absolutely magnificent
hendricks.lo g a n
I love the album Appalachian journey I would also like the album Appalachian Waltz to be added
hawk0107
Please add his album "Appalacian Journey" to your music listening.th a n k you.
His collaberatio n with Bobby McFerrin is amazing.
bzyskorpyo2
love them
My daughter played the cello and she admire Yo-Yo Ma, now She is 17 and She let the Orquesta Infantil del Peru and the Filarmonica Juvenil del Peru, long time ago, I wish She continue her studies and enyoy playing the cello. I love how Yo-Yo Ma Play the cello.

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