Yo-Yo Ma is one of the most celebrated cellists of our time. He has performed with orchestras, chamber groups, and soloists around the world, and has recorded over 100 albums. He is also a passionate advocate for music education and cultural exchange. In this article, he answers some of the most common and curious questions that people have asked him on Twitter about his instrument, his career, and his musical philosophy.
The renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma gives an impromptu performance in a vaccine waiting room in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, after having just received his second dose of the coronavirus vaccine. He performs Ave Maria and the prelude to Bach’s Cello Suite No 1 to the small number of patients waiting to receive the dose. Ma, who played for about 15 minutes, is a part-time resident of the area and wanted to ‘give something back’ to his community, according to a local paper, the Berkshire Eagle