Yo-Yo Ma, France's sensational classical music artist is bringing his signature sounds to the Merrill Auditorium!
Yo-Yo Ma was born in Paris (France) in 1955 and is a musician, composer, educator, and humanitarian. He was introduced to music at an early age by his parents (his mother was a singer and his father, a violinist and professor of music) and he began studying the cello when he was 4. He went on to graduate from the Juilliard School and Harvard University and has had a stellar career as both a soloist performing with orchestras around the world and a recording artist. He’s received many accolades including 5 Grammy Awards for Best Chamber Music Performance, 5 Grammy Awards for Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance, a Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition, a Grammy Award for Best Classical Album, 4 Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Albums, a Grammy Award for Best Folk Album, and a Grammy Award for Best World Music Album. He’s also received a National Medal of Arts (an award and title created by the United States Congress in 1984, for the purpose of honoring artists and patrons of the arts), a Kennedy Center Honor (given to those in the performing arts for their lifetime of contributions to American culture), and Presidential Medal of Freedom (the highest civilian award of the United States, bestowed by the President).
Don’t miss your chance to see this artist add a unique touch to classical music!