Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Happy Birthday Yo-Yo Ma!

(Very special thanks to Yo-Yo Ma and the Honkers)

Ma with his Luis and Clark carbon fiber cello

Eclectic and "omnivorous" master cellist Yo-Yo Ma was born in Paris on October 7, 1955.

Click here to watch Yo-Yo Ma with The Silk Road Ensemble perform Ascending Bird and to learn more about his work with the Silk Road Project.

Ma's primary performance instrument is the Domenico Montagnana 1733 cello built in Venice and nicknamed Petunia. Some readers may recall the headline news ten years ago when this cello, more than 270 years old and valued at US$2.5 million – was lost in the fall of 1999 when Ma accidentally left the instrument in a taxicab in New York City. It was later recovered undamaged.

Happy Birthday, Yo-Yo Ma! You still look like a spring chicken!


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