Yo-Yo Ma, arguably the world’s most acclaimed cellist, will be performing in Winston-Salem on Sunday, Oct. 5.
The Winston-Salem Symphony is presenting “An Evening with Yo-Yo Ma.” Under the direction of Symphony Music Director Robert Moody, the concert will take place at the Reynolds Auditorium, 301 N. Hawthorne Rd.
Tickets are now on sale to subscribers (including new subscribers) and will be available to all in the early summer.
Yo-Yo Ma’s multi-faceted career is a testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences, and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. He maintains a balance between his engagements as a soloist with orchestras throughout the world, his recital and chamber music activities, and his work with the Silk Road Project, for which he serves as artistic director.
Ma is an exclusive Sony Classical artist, and his discography of more than 75 albums (including more than 15 Grammy Award winners) reflects his wide-ranging interests. He has made several successful recordings that defy categorization, among them “Hush” with Bobby McFerrin, “Appalachia Waltz” and “Appalachian Journey” with Mark O’Connor and Edgar Meyer, and three albums with the Silk Road Ensemble. Across this full range of releases, Ma remains one of the best-selling recording artists in the classical field. All of his recent albums have quickly entered the Billboard chart of classical best sellers, remaining in the Top 15 for extended periods, often with as many as four titles simultaneously on the list.
Yo-Yo Ma was born in 1955 to Chinese parents living in Paris. He began to study the cello with his father at age four and soon came with his family to New York, where he spent most of his formative years. Later, his principal teacher was Leonard Rose at The Juilliard School. He sought out a traditional liberal arts education to expand upon his conservatory training, graduating from Harvard University in 1976.