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Yo-Yo Ma

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s multifaceted career is testament to his belief in culture’s power to generate trust and understanding. Whether performing new or familiar works for cello, bringing communities together to explore culture’s role in society, or engaging unexpected musical forms, he strives to foster connections that stimulate the imagination and reinforce our humanity.

Most recently, Ma began Our Common Nature, a cultural journey to celebrate the ways that nature can reunite us in pursuit of a shared future. Our Common Nature follows the Bach Project, a 36-community, 6-continent tour of J.S. Bach’s suites for unaccompanied cello paired with local cultural programming. Both endeavors reflect his lifelong commitment to stretching the boundaries of genre and tradition to understand how music helps us to imagine and build a stronger society.

Yo-Yo Ma was born in 1955 to Chinese parents living in Paris, where he began studying the cello with his father at age four. When he was seven, he moved with his family to New York City, where he continued his cello studies before pursuing a liberal arts education.

He has recorded more than 120 albums, is the winner of 19 Grammy Awards, and has performed for 9 American presidents, most recently on the occasion of President Joseph R. Biden’s inauguration. Yo-Yo Ma has received numerous awards, including the National Medal of the Arts, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Birgit Nilsson Prize. He has been a UN Messenger of Peace since 2006, and was recognized as one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020.

Upcoming 2023-2024 Performances

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Opening Gala with Yo-Yo Ma and Jaap van Zweden
7:30 PM Concert

Opening Gala with Yo-Yo Ma and Jaap van Zweden

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Program To Include
  • Beethoven, Egmont Overture
  • Tchaikovsky, Capriccio Italien
  • Dvořák, Cello Concerto
  • Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
  • Yo-Yo Ma, Cello

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