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A notable birthday today, October 7. Yo Yo Ma.


Ma plays the cello during the "Presentation of the Crystal Award" at the Annual Meeting 2008 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 25, 2008.


Yo-Yo Ma was born in Paris on October 7, 1955, to Chinese parents. His mother, Marina Lu, was a singer, and his father, Hiao-Tsiun Ma, was a violinist and professor of music. His family moved to New York when he was five years old. Ma began his musical career on the violin and viola before mastering the cello. He studied music at Julliard School in New York, and later completed his studies at Harvard University.

So many wonderful recordings. Just go to YouTube and enter Yo Yo Ma. You won’t run out of choices for a very long time.

This is still my favorite though.

4 Responses

  1. A talented man.

    (But I have to laugh everytime I hear his name; it rhymes with ‘jou ma’, which means ‘your mother’ and is a local colloquial insult.)

  2. I love a good fiddle.

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