Thursday, February 7, 2008
Yo-Yo Ma currently resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ma was born in Paris to Chinese parents.. His mother was a singer and his father was a conductor and composer. His family moved to New York when he was seven years old.
Ma currently plays with his own Silk Road Ensemble, which brings together musicians from diverse countries all of which are historically linked via the Silk Road, and records on the Sony Classical label.
Ma's primary performance instrument is the Domenico Montagnana 1733 cello built in Venice and nicknamed Petunia. This cello is more than 270 years old and valued at $2.5 million. Another of Ma's cellos, the Davidov Stradivarius, was previously owned by Jacqueline du Pré who passed it to him upon her death.
In 1997, Yo-Yo Ma was featured on John Williams' soundtrack to the Hollywood film, Seven Years in Tibet. In 2000, he was heard on the soundtrack of the blockbuster film hit Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. He collaborated on the original score for the 2005 film Memoirs of a Geisha.
Yo-Yo Ma has over 75 albums: 15 of which are Grammy Award Winners.