The Montgomery Fellows Program features a lecture with Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma is a renowned and virtuosic Chinese-American cellist who has released over 90 albums and won 18 Grammy Awards. Ma is known for his rich, smooth, tone and for his live performances, but his work is featured in a number of films as well, including Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.
Ma has received much recognition for his work. In addition to his honorary doctorates from Harvard and Princeton, he has also received the Avery Fischer Prize, the National Medal of Arts, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Polar Music Prize, a Swedish international music award.
Since 2006, he has served as a United Nations Messenger of Peace. In 2009, Ma was asked by President Obama to serve on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. In 2014, Ma received the first-ever Fred Rogers Legacy Award in recognition of his work as an advocate of children’s education.
Ma’s career has also been marked by numerous collaborations with other musicians and artists such as Emanuel Ax, Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, Pamela Frank, Jeffre Kahane, Young Uck Kim, Jaime Laredo, Bobby McFerrin, Edgar Meyer, Mark O'Connor, Peter Serkin, Isaac Stem, Richard Stoltzman and Kathryn Stott. He has also moved beyond classic standards to record in a wide array of other musical genres including traditional Chinese, Brazilian, and American folk.
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