The Yo-Yo That Only Goes Up
Ask anyone to name a well-known classical musician of modern times and it's a pretty safe bet that one name in particular will crop up repeatedly. Yo-Yo Ma, probably the world's greatest living cellist, is enjoying a level of popularity almost unpre
cedented for a classical musician in the electronic age.
Yo-Yo Ma was born in 1955 to Chinese parents living in Paris. A cello prodigy at the age of four, he entered the prestigious Juilliard School in 1962. His first big achievement came in 1978, when he received the Avery Fisher Prize. Soon after graduating from Harvard University, Ma began a long love affair with Bach's Suites for Unaccompanied Cello, which culminated in his reinterpretation of the pieces in a series of Canadian films.
Ma has gone on to experiment widely with other types of music. He has tried his hand at everything from country and western to traditional Chinese melodies, the latter most recently featuring significantly on the sound track of the hit film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. He has even explored the rhythms of the Bush people of the Kalahari Desert in Africa.
With the success of Yo-Yo Ma's recent concerts, a warm welcome is pretty much guaranteed whenever this versatile performer decides to visit. In the meantime, concertgoers eagerly anticipate another feast of musical magic from his talented bow and awesome repertoire.