"As a musician I'm kind of nomadic, Waldo-like. I show up in different places, and I'm witness to unbelievable things."

  • Born Yo-Yo Ma on Oct. 7, 1955, in Paris, France
  • Yo-Yo Ma rose to prominence by playing with renowned orchestras like the Marlboro Festival Orchestra. In the late 90's, he was featured on John Williams' soundtrack to the Hollywood war drama Seven Years in Tibet. He went on to appear on prolific film soundtracks such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.  
  • The critically acclaimed cellist won his first GRAMMY for his work for 1984 for Bach: The Unaccompanied Cello Suites. 
     
  • Did you know? Yo-Yo Ma was a child cellist prodigy and started performing when he was just four and a half years old.
  • Yo-Yo Ma has been an active supporter of MusiCares, having donated auction items to events such as the annual Person of the Year gala.
  • Yo-Yo Ma has been an active supporter of Friends Without A Border, an organization that provides medical care to the children of Southeast Asia. In 2006, the UN Secretary General named him Peace Ambassador. Yo-Yo Ma is also the founding member of the Chinese-American Committee of 100, which strives to "encourage constructive relations between the people of the United States and Greater China."

 

Yo-Yo Ma

"As a musician I'm kind of nomadic, Waldo-like. I show up in different places, and I'm witness to unbelievable things."

  • Born Yo-Yo Ma on Oct. 7, 1955, in Paris, France
  • Yo-Yo Ma rose to prominence by playing with renowned orchestras like the Marlboro Festival Orchestra. In the late 90's, he was featured on John Williams' soundtrack to the Hollywood war drama Seven Years in Tibet. He went on to appear on prolific film soundtracks such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.  
  • The critically acclaimed cellist won his first GRAMMY for his work for 1984 for Bach: The Unaccompanied Cello Suites. 
     
  • Did you know? Yo-Yo Ma was a child cellist prodigy and started performing when he was just four and a half years old.
  • Yo-Yo Ma has been an active supporter of MusiCares, having donated auction items to events such as the annual Person of the Year gala.
  • Yo-Yo Ma has been an active supporter of Friends Without A Border, an organization that provides medical care to the children of Southeast Asia. In 2006, the UN Secretary General named him Peace Ambassador. Yo-Yo Ma is also the founding member of the Chinese-American Committee of 100, which strives to "encourage constructive relations between the people of the United States and Greater China."

 

GRAMMY Award Results for Yo-Yo Ma

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Best World Music Album
Sing Me Home
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Best Music Film
The Music Of Strangers
 
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Best Folk Album
The Goat Rodeo Sessions
 
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Best Classical Crossover Album
Yo-Yo Ma & Friends: Songs Of Joy And Peace
 
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Best Engineered Album, Classical
Obrigado Brazil
Best Classical Crossover Album
Obrigado Brazil
 
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Best Classical Crossover Album
Appalachian Journey
 
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Best Classical Crossover Album
Soul Of The Tango - The Music Of Astor Piazzolla
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Best Long Form Music Video
Inspired By Bach: Six Gestures - No. 6 (Video)
 
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Best Classical Album
Premieres - Cello Concertos (Works Of Danielpour, Kirchner, Rouse)
Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (With Orchestra)
Premieres - Cello Concertos (Works Of Danielpour, Kirchner, Rouse)
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Best Chamber Music Performance
Schubert/Boccherini: Quintets (Schubert: Quintet In C Major/Boccherini: Quintet In E Major) (Album)
 
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Best Chamber Music Performance
Brahms/Beethoven/Mozart: Clarinet Trios
 
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Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (With Orchestra)
The New York Album - Works Of Albert, Bartok & Bloch
Best Classical Contemporary Composition
Albert: Cello Concerto
 
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Best Chamber Music Preformance
Faure: Piano Quartets Nos. 1 And 2
 
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Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Solo With Orchestra
Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante/Tchaikovsky: Variations On A Rococo Theme
Best Chamber Music Performance
Brahms: Sonatas For Cello & Piano
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Best Chamber Music Performance
Brahms: Sextets, Opp 18 And 36; Theme And Variations
 
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Best Chamber Music Performance
Brahms: Piano Quartets (Op. 25 & 26)
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Best Classical Performance Instrumental Solo With Orchestra
Tchaikovsky: Variations On A Rococo Theme, Op. 33 (Track)
 
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Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist (With Orchestra)
Barber: Cello Concerto, Op. 22/Britten: Symphony For Cello And Orchestra, Op. 68
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Best Chamber Music Performance
Shostakovich: Trio No. 2 For Violin, Cello, Piano In E Minor Op. 67 And Sonata For Cello And Piano In D Minor (Album)
 
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Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist(s) (With Orchestra)
Brahms: Double Concerto In A Minor, Op. 102 (Album)
 
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Best Chamber Music Performance
Beethoven: Cello And Piano Sonata No. 4 In C & Variations
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Best Classical Album
Beethoven: Cello And Piano Sonata No. 4 In C/And Variations (Album)
 
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Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist Or Soloists (With Orchestra)
Elgar: Cello Concerto, Op. 85/Walton: Concerto For Cello & Orch.
Best Chamber Music Performance
Brahms: Cello And Piano Sonatas In E Minor And F
 
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Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist Or Soloists (Without Orchestra)
Bach: The Unaccompanied Cello Suites

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