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Yo-Yo Ma        

Grammy Award-Winning Cellist, Founder & Artistic Director for the Silk Road Project

Yo-Yo Ma is an acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning cellist and the artistic director of the Silk Road Project.

Whether performing a new concerto or familiar work, playing chamber music with colleagues, reaching out to young audiences and student musicians, or exploring cultures through music, Ma seeks connections that stimulate the imagination. Ma is the Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He is also the artistic director of the annual Youth Music Culture Guangdong festival and he has served as a United Nations Messenger of Peace since 2006. He is the first artist ever appointed to the World Economic Forum’s board of trustees.

In addition to recordings of the standard classical repertoire, he has recorded a wide variety of folk music such as American bluegrass music, traditional Chinese melodies, the tangos of Argentinian composer Ástor Piazzolla, and Brazilian music. He has collaborated with artists including jazz singer Bobby McFerrin, guitarist Carlos Santana, Sérgio Assad, and his brother, Odair, and singer-songwriter and guitarist James Taylor.

Ma was awarded The Glenn Gould Prize in 1999, the National Medal of Arts in 2001, Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011, and Polar Music Prize in 2012.

Ma was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2020.


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