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🎶 🎶 🎶 🎶 . The most famous cellist in the world, Yo-Yo Ma, was born in Paris, France to Chinese parents in 1955. His parents were both very musical (his mother a singer and his father a violinist), and they introduced him to several instruments as quickly as they could. . By the age of four, Ma settled on the cello, which he says he picked for its large size. Three years later, the family immigrated to New York City, where he studied at Julliard. His prestigious academic journey didn’t stop there; in 1976, Ma graduated from Harvard University with a degree in anthropology. . By this time Ma was already famous, having appeared on TV several times in his youth, as well as having performed for several presidents. His life has since taken him around the world, composing for films and concerts, and working as a peace representative of the UN and as a founder of the Silk Road performance group. He has collected 18 Grammy Awards across over 90 albums, and performed so far for eight different American presidents. . He and his wife have two children, as well as a cello named “Petunia,” which is valued at $2.5 million. . “Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you're passionate about something, then you're more willing to take risks. When you learn something from people, or from a culture, you accept it as a gift, and it is your lifelong commitment to preserve it and build on it.” • • • • #idealimmigration #knowsomething #yoyoma #yoyo #yo #cello #cellomusic #celloplayer #cellolove #cello 🎻 #immigrant #immigration #immigrants #chineseimmigrants #chineseamerican #france #paris #julliard #harvard #cellist #musician #petunia #silkroad #grammy #grammyawards

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