Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer Play Bach
Three of the world's most acclaimed and innovative musicians -- Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile -- come together to celebrate the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Individually and in collaboration together, each of these genre-blending virtuosos have redefined their instruments as they've moved seamlessly between classical, bluegrass, jazz and pop music. Their latest album, The Goat Rodeo Sessions, won the Grammy for Best Folk Album. As perhaps the most famous classical musician today, Yo-Yo Ma needs little introduction. Chris Thile has enjoyed great popular success as the frontman for progressive bluegrass groups Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers. His latest solo album is a collection of Bach pieces for mandolin. A MacArthur Fellow and Avery Fisher Prize winner, bassist Edgar Meyer has for years been at the forefront of the progressive bluegrass movement, in addition to performing in chamber ensembles and releasing numerous solo albums and collaborations. Get your tickets now for this Cal Performances concert at the Hearst Greek Theatre.
Yo-Yo Ma (Chinese: 馬友友; Pinyin: Mǎ Yǒuyǒu) (born October 7, 1955) is a world-famous French-born -Chinese-American cellist. He is considered one of the best cellists in the world. He was born in Paris to Chinese parents and had a musical upbringing. His mother, Marina Lu (Chinese: 盧雅文; Pinyin: Lú Yǎwén), was a singer, while his father, Hiao-Tsiun Ma (Chinese: 馬孝駿; Pinyin: Mǎ Xiàojùn), was a conductor and composer. Ma began to study the violin, then the viola, before taking up the cello. His family moved to New York when he was seven years old.
Ma was a child prodigy, appearing on American television at the age of eight in a concert conducted by Leonard Bernstein. He entered the Juilliard School, and then went to Harvard University (where he was in the Currier House dormitory), but was questioning whether he should continue his studies until, in the 1970s, Pablo Casals's performing inspired him.