Yo-Yo Ma is the cello's foremost contemporary proponent; while primarily a classical performer, he has also made a number of highly successful crossover recordings. A Harvard graduate, Ma made his initial impact performing and later recording J.S. Bach's Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello; years later, he returned to Bach's work alongside artists from a variety of disciplines, reinterpreting each suite for a series of films dubbed Inspired by Bach. In addition to the standard concerto repertoire, Ma has also recorded albums such as Hush, with vocalist Bobby McFerrin; 1996's Appalachia Waltz, an album of original Nashville music; and the soundtrack of the film The Tango Lesson, featuring the music of Astor Piazzolla. ~ Jason Ankeny
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