Yo-Yo Ma (born October 7, 1955) is a French-born American cellist, virtuoso, orchestral composer of Chinese descent, and winner of multiple Grammy Awards, the National Medal of Arts in 2001 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.
Yo-Yo Ma is one of the most famous cellists of the modern age.
Yo-Yo married his long-time girlfriend Jill Hornor, a German language professor, in 1977.
Yo-Yo Ma proposed outside her apartment. Yo-Yo Ma and his wife have two
children, Nicholas and Emily, and reside in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ma's elder
sister, Yeou-Cheng Ma, who was also born in Paris, is a violinist married to
Michael Dadap, a New York–based guitarist from the Philippines. Yeou-Cheng Ma,
executive director, and Michael Dadap, artistic and music director, currently
run the Children's Orchestra Society in Manhasset, Long Island, New York.
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