Yo-Yo Ma was born in 1955 and began to study the cello with his father at age four. After attending the Juilliard School, he pursued a degree from Harvard University, graduating in 1976.
In 1998, Ma established the Silk Road Project to promote the study of the cultural, artistic and intellectual traditions along the ancient trade route that stretched from the Mediterranean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Through the Silk Road Project, as throughout his career, Yo-Yo Ma seeks to expand the cello repertoire, frequently performing lesser known music of the 20th century and commissions of new concertos and recital pieces.
Ma is an exclusive Sony Classical artist and his discography of over 75 albums (including more than 15 Grammy Award winners) reflects his wide-ranging interests. Across this full range of releases, Ma remains one of the best-selling recording artists in the classical field.
He has received numerous awards, including the Avery Fisher Prize (1978), the Glenn Gould Prize (1999) and the National Medal of the Arts (2001).