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Yo-Yo Ma


Yo-Yo Ma was born on October 7, 1955 in Paris, France. He has been married to Jill Hornor since 1978. They have two children. See full bio »
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
(2000)
Ex Machina
Ex Machina Soundtrack
(2014)
Mission: Impossible
Mission: Impossible Soundtrack
(1996)

Filmography

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 2016 Mozart in the Jungle (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Creative Solutions for Creative Lives (2016) ... (performer: "Cello Concerto Silent Woods" - uncredited)
- You're the Best or You F'ing Suck (2016) ... (performer: "A Lenda do Caboclo" - uncredited)
 2016 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Room Where It Happens (2016) ... (performer: "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: Prelude" - uncredited)
 2016 Captain Fantastic (performer: "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010, Prélude")
 2015 The Simpsons (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Puffless (2015) ... (performer: "Simpsons End Credit Theme")
 2014 Ex Machina (performer: "Unaccompanied Cello Suite #1 in G Major BWV 1007 - Préludé")
 2012 Bill W. (Documentary) (performer: "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007- Courante", "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007- Prelude, "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007- Sarabande", "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008- Prelude", "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009- Bourree I/II", "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major, BWV 1010- Bourree I/II", "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major, BWV 1010- Courante", "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major, BWV 1010- Sarabande", "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011- Allemande", "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011- Prelude", "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012- Gavotte I/II")
 2011 American Horror Story (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Piggy Piggy (2011) ... (performer: "Suite for Solo Cello No. 5 in C Minor: Allemande" - uncredited)
 2011 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- President Barack Obama/Yo-Yo Ma & Friends (2011) ... (performer: "Here and Heaven")
 2011 First Position (Documentary) (performer: "Allegro Prestissimo from Sonata for Two Cellos")
 2003-2011 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Welcome to Shelbyville (2011) ... (performer: "Air and Simple Gifts")
- Razing Appalachia (2003) ... (performer: "Old Country Fairy Tale", "Butterfly's Day Out", "Appalachia Waltz")
 2010 You Don't Know Jack (TV Movie) (performer: "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 2 in D-Minor, BWV 1008: Courante", "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G-Major, BWV 1007: Prélude")
 2009 The National Parks: America's Best Idea (TV Mini-Series documentary) (performer - 2 episodes)
- The Morning of Creation: 1946-1980 (2009) ... (performer: "Etienne et Petunia")
- Great Nature: 1933-1945 (2009) ... (performer: "Silk Road Music")
 2009 President Obama: The Inauguration (TV Special) (performer: "Air and Simple Gifts")
 2006 Tühirand (Short) (performer: "Libertango" - uncredited)
 2004 Great Performances (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2004 (2004) ... (performer: "Don Quixote")
 2003 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (performer: "Prelude (From the Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007)")
 2003 The Company (performer: "Suite for Unaccompanied Cello, No. 1, BWV 1007 in G Major, V. Menuett")
 2003 Beethoven: Triple Concerto/Choral Fantasy (Video) (performer: "Triple Concerto")
 2002 Alias (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Counteragent (2002) ... (performer: "Slumber My Darling" - uncredited)
 2001 Kindergarten (TV Mini-Series) (performer: "HUSH")
 2001 Sex and the City (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Just Say Yes (2001) ... (performer: "Second Time Around")
 2001 Hush! (performer: "Hush Little Baby")
 2000 De zee die denkt ("The Protecting Veil")
 2000 The West Wing (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Noël (2000) ... (performer: "Suite No. 1 for Cello")
 2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (performer: "A Love Before Time", "Moonlight Lover" (Mandarin Version))
 2000 You Can Count on Me (performer: "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007/Prélude (Instrumental)" - uncredited)
 1999 The Talented Mr. Ripley (performer: "PIANO QUARTET IN E-FLAT MAJOR; Opus 16, Second Movement")
 1998 The Horse Whisperer (performer: "Sonata in F Major for Cello and Piano, Op. 5. No. 1")
 1998 Frank Lloyd Wright (Documentary) (performer: "Sonata No. 4 in C Major for Cello and Piano Op. 102, No. 1")
 1997 Liberty! The American Revolution (TV Mini-Series) (performer: "When Bidden to the Wake or Fair", "Song of the Liberty Bell (for Violin and Strings)")
 1997 Bach Cello Suite #5: Struggle for Hope (performer: "Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011")
 1997 Bach Cello Suite #6: Six Gestures (performer: "Cello Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012")
 1997 Bach Cello Suite #3: Falling Down Stairs (performer: "Cello Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009")
 1997 Bach Cello Suite #4: Sarabande (performer: "Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010")
 1997 Bach Cello Suite #1: The Music Garden (performer: "Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007")
 1997 Bach Cello Suite #2: The Sound of Carceri (performer: "Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008")
 1997 The Tango Lesson ("I Am You") / (performer: "Libertango (Reprise)")
 1996 Mission: Impossible (performer: "Divertimento in E-Flat Major for String Trio (K.563)")
 1995 Before Sunrise (performer: "'Andante' from 'Sonata No. 1 In G Major, BWV 1027'")
 1994 Immortal Beloved (performer: "Piano Trio No. 4 in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1 'Ghost'")
 1988 Another Woman (performer: "Unaccompanied Cello Suite in D Major")
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Other Works:

CD: "The Goat Rodeo Session". See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 13 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Yo Yo Ma

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Personal Quote:

Whenever I've had a dull moment in performing, it becomes absolutely, exquisitely painful. When it's good you know, no matter how difficult the music is, time just flies by. When it's not, time becomes excruciatingly slow - you're Sisyphus pushing that boulder up the hill that never ends. People might still say,'That was a good performance', but you feel absolutely horrible because you weren't ... See more »

Trivia:

Enrolled at Juilliard at age 9. See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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