Contact Yo Yo Ma

I am an 81 year old admirer of Yo Yo Ma. I compose music for many years. Recently, after seeing a video Yo Yo Ma playing my favored concerto (Dvorak) with the the Puerto Rican Symphony, and touched to tears by his playing I wrote a short piece for string orchestra and cello and I would like to dedicate it to him, and hope only that he would hear it. (less than 5 minutes) Anyone knows how this can be done? If at all? Looking at my age, I have not much time and therefore wish to rush this as much as possible.
I assume that there is a webmaster of this site, I would be very grateful for your help.

Comments (142)

By jayeyemmm | 04/01/14 - 10:04AM

Mr. Ma:
I'd like to recommend a possible recording you might consider making, say if you were putting together a "Duets" compilation.....the song is "Lady Beside Me", by Pat Williams. I'm familiar with Mr. Williams' work during the seventies on a lot of famous television theme songs....it features Cello and a female voice--the song is without words. It was included on an album Mr. Williams made in the 70's called
"Threshold". Barbra Streisand has done work with Mr. Williams in past years, and my dream has been for this beautiful song to be recorded by the two most beautiful instruments in existence. Thank you.

Jim Goodwin

By dmckenz | 02/19/14 - 09:02PM

Dear Mr. Ma,

I am involved with this year's Massachusetts All-State Festival. The ensembles are rehearsing on March 20th and 21st at the Seaport Convention Center in Boston. I saw on your schedule that you are in town on the 21st and I thought it couldn't hurt to ask if you would be available to stop by for a brief time and say hi to the kids and wish them luck. Please contact me at dmckenz@hotmail.com if there is a possibility of this happening.

Thank You for your time!

Dan McKenzie
MA All-State assistant band manager
Taunton Public Schools

By cello96 | 02/08/14 - 09:02AM

Dear Mr. Ma,

I was overjoyed at the opportunity to send you an email. You have inspired me to love and play the cello. I have several of your CD's, but my favorite is the audio of a YouTube video. It is your 1997 performance of Elgar's Cello Concerto at Carnegie Hall. The cello you were playing looked old, and I was wondering if you could give me a quick history of it and your performances and recordings with it. Thank you so much for any information.

John

By GraceMa | 12/06/13 - 09:12PM

Dear Mr. Ma

I'm in elementary school and I play the flute. But I also enjoy listening to cello music expessically yours. I have a school project and we have to choose a living leadership legend. I was wondering if you could come down to my school and explain about your hardships and leaderships that you do. I fully understand if you cant make it. I know your a busy man. Thanks again.

Yours truly,

Grace Ma

By GraceMa | 12/06/13 - 09:12PM

Dear Mr. Ma

I'm in elementary school and I play the flute. But I also enjoy listening to cello music expessically yours. I have a school project and we have to choose a living leadership legend. I was wondering if you could come down to my school and explain about your hardships and leaderships that you do. I fully understand if you cant make it. I know your a busy man. Thanks again.

Yours truly,

Grace Ma

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Hi YoYo
Thank you for your great work with the Goat Road sessions.
I ordered your cd package last week.
I was wondering have you ever visited Latvia?
Our Culture is music.
It would be great if you could come and visit and do a series of concerts here.
Our Opera House,Symphony Pop Music and everything else is quite developed with music schools in even the smallest villages.
Not to mention our Choirs and Song Festival
I would like to promote a Tenor Guntars Rungis who can be heard today on You Tube.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcnou1UqJG4
It would be a wonderful International Project should you visit to work with Guntars and our Choir.
He is our vocal coach for our mens choir Fracori right here in Riga.
Thank You

Tom Bartley

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By Greyhawk | 08/29/13 - 09:08PM

Dear Mr. Ma,
I am a viola student at the Crane School of Music and I would like to know if you would film and post one of your practice sessions on Youtube. It would be incredibly useful to millions of students (including me) to learn how a professional like you practices a piece. I think that many musicians would learn worlds more from it than they do from the many "How to Practice More Effectively" books out there.
All the best,
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By cellospain | 08/20/13 - 12:08PM

Dear Mr. Ma
I am a cello student from spain and I am looking forward to come to spain. I have seen all your events and I saw you are going to europe in 2014 but not to here .
Are you going to come to spain soon?
Please I would like to reply me.
Thank you.

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Dear Mr. Ma:

I am a senior high student who loves classic music very much in Taiwan, and of course you are one of my favorite musicians. I have also read lots of stories about you, such as your relationship with Steve Jobs and how you rose again from your failure. However, there is a loving story about you and your wife (In a Chinese website http://tw.myblog.yahoo.com/linmark.alumni/article?mid=7305) making me doubt that if the story is true, because it is too romantic to believe in! Another reason I suspect the factuality about the story is that there are dozens of people in the Internet indicate the tale is half concocted, so could you please tell me the truth? Did you really get married with Mrs. Ma through this extraordinary way?

Most sincerely,
Alex Chen

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By nataliemays | 06/17/13 - 07:06PM

Dear Mr. Ma,

I have played the cello for several years, and am now a cello major at Belmont University, largely due to how inspiring you and your music have been to me. I saw you play with Peter Bay and the Austin Symphony Orchestra about 4 or 5 years ago, and as an encore piece, you played Appalachia Waltz for Solo Cello, which was most likely the most beautiful thing I have ever heard. That piece has meant a lot to me in the years since, and I would love to play it for my senior cello recital in a few years, but I cannot find the sheet music. I know it was originally written for solo violin. How did you get the sheet music for it?

Most sincerely,
Natalie

By RoxanneK | 06/04/13 - 02:06PM

Dear Mr. Ma,

My name is Roxanne Kelso, and I am the Administrative Director for the 4Strings Music Festival, a children's chamber music program for string players held in Ellenville, NY. It is so exciting to know that you will be performing The Goat Rodeo Sessions Live at Bethel Woods on August 16, 2013. What a wonderful coincidence that we will be in the area running our children's chamber music festival at the same time. The program will run from August 3 to August 17, 2013.

Founded by violinists Khullip Jeung and Jisun Kang, the 4Strings Music Festival will have our first season of chamber music this year, and we are thrilled that our enrollment includes students from throughout the world. It was our original intention to bring the children to see your performance, and we tried to build our festival around your event, however we were not able to do that due to an issue with the accommodations. Our final concert will fall on the same night as yours, which is August 16. It is just so disappointing!

We would be tremendously honored and humbled if you could join us to meet these talented young musicians, who all have the deepest respect for your talents. If there is any possibility of accommodating this request, please contact me so we can make proper arrangements. I can be reached at info@4SMF.com, or roxannekelso1@gmail.com. It would be a truly memorable moment for all of us.

Musically yours,

Roxanne Kelso
Admissions and Administrative Director
4Strings Music Festival

By RoxanneK | 06/04/13 - 02:06PM

Dear Mr. Ma,

My name is Roxanne Kelso, and I am the Administrative Director for the 4Strings Music Festival, a children's chamber music program for string players held in Ellenville, NY. It is so exciting to know that you will be performing The Goat Rodeo Sessions Live at Bethel Woods on August 16, 2013. What a wonderful coincidence that we will be in the area running our children's chamber music festival at the same time. The program will run from August 3 to August 17, 2013.

Founded by violinists Khullip Jeung and Jisun Kang, the 4Strings Music Festival will have our first season of chamber music this year, and we are thrilled that our enrollment includes students from throughout the world. It was our original intention to bring the children to see your performance, and we tried to build our festival around your event, however we were not able to do that due to an issue with the accommodations. Our final concert will fall on the same night as yours, which is August 16. It is just so disappointing!

We would be tremendously honored and humbled if you could join us to meet these talented young musicians, who all have the deepest respect for your talents. If there is any possibility of accommodating this request, please contact me so we can make proper arrangements. I can be reached at info@4SMF.com, or roxannekelso1@gmail.com. It would be a truly memorable moment for all of us.

Musically yours,

Roxanne Kelso
Admissions and Administrative Director
4Strings Music Festival

By RoxanneK | 06/04/13 - 02:06PM

Dear Mr. Ma,

My name is Roxanne Kelso, and I am the Administrative Director for the 4Strings Music Festival, a children's chamber music program for string players held in Ellenville, NY. It is so exciting to know that you will be performing The Goat Rodeo Sessions Live at Bethel Woods on August 16, 2013. What a wonderful coincidence that we will be in the area running our children's chamber music festival at the same time. The program will run from August 3 to August 17, 2013.

Founded by violinists Khullip Jeung and Jisun Kang, the 4Strings Music Festival will have our first season of chamber music this year, and we are thrilled that our enrollment includes students from throughout the world. It was our original intention to bring the children to see your performance, and we tried to build our festival around your event, however we were not able to do that due to an issue with the accommodations. Our final concert will fall on the same night as yours, which is August 16. It is just so disappointing!

We would be tremendously honored and humbled if you could join us to meet these talented young musicians, who all have the deepest respect for your talents. If there is any possibility of accommodating this request, please contact me so we can make proper arrangements. I can be reached at info@4SMF.com, or roxannekelso1@gmail.com. It would be a truly memorable moment for all of us.

Musically yours,

Roxanne Kelso
Admissions and Administrative Director
4Strings Music Festival

By cpadua33 | 06/02/13 - 09:06PM

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I am a radio host for a Chinese-American Media Company in California called EDI Media Inc. and it would be our pleasure to interview one of the greatest cellist of our time. We sponser the Chinese-American Film Festival in Los Angeles. This event occurs in October of every year and it would be an honor to have Yo-Yo Ma perform at this Black-Tie affair.

If anyone knows how I can be in contact with Yo-Yo Ma's booking agent, please feel free to contact me at www.edimediainc.com.

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Sincerely,
Christine Padua-Lopez

By bluepelican | 05/08/13 - 10:05PM

My nephew is a dedicated cellist who is graduating from high school. I was hoping against hope that you could find a brief moment to wish him congratulations and encouragement. This would not only be an incredible honor for him, but would also solidify my position as "coolest uncle ever." His name is Brian. You are welcome to use my email address for correspondence- tjsmiller@gmail.com

Thank you for your consideration- and for the Goat Rodeo!

By Sunnyside | 02/11/13 - 05:02PM

Dear Yo-Yo Ma,
After a long estrangement from the cello, I have recently returned to it and a powerful memory of you I hadn't thought about in quite some time came back to me. I remember when I was a little kid, shortly after I had began learning the cello, I was struggling, as I'm sure everyone does when they start. I wasn't sure if it was really something I wanted to do. I honestly started becuase my mom had suggested it and I didn't know much about instruments. I think I was about 8. Anyway, I had been playing for maybe a year or so and wasn't sure if it was really for me, and then this happened...

I grew up in upstate New York, just south of the Adirondacks, and my parents frequently took us to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) to see the orchestra that would play in the summer. The summer after I started playing cello, you came through on a tour. I guess as part of some kind of publicity thing, the local newspaper took my elementary school grade to have a talk and do a photoshoot with you. I remember you being incredibly nice and charismatic. You told wonderful stories about music with this passion that was inspiring. I think I was the only one of the kids who played the cello, but obviously wasn't any good and I remember being nervous to talk about it. I got a chance to ask you a question and I asked, "When you were young, before you began playing the cello, why did you choose the cello of all instruments?" I remember you having to pause for a moment to really think about it, which is nice as a kid to feel like you asked an adult something meaningful, heh. Finally you're reply was simply, "Of all instruments, I felt the cello sounded most like the Earth. And to play the cello, made me feel connected with the Earth." I felt so pleased with this answer that I continued to play the cello for another 8 years.

Sometimes, as adults, we don't realize the impact we can have inspiring children. I had given up on the cello when I was 16 for varous reasons, but continued to persue many avenues of music. I've never forgotten to think about how a sound makes me feel rather than just being notes on a page. I'm now 28, returning to the cello, and your words and your music still bring me inspiration 20 years later. You're certainly a wonderful musician, but more importantly, you are a wonderful person!

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By sandytolan | 12/04/12 - 05:12PM

Hello, my name is Andrew (Sandy) Tolan. I am the author of The Lemon Tree (a book about the history of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians), and currently working on a book about music as a source of hope and inspiration for Palestinian children. A big part of my book is about the formation of the West Eastern Divan Orchestra, and the friendship between Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim. I've spent time in Cologne and London with the Divan, and interviewed Maestro Barenboim several times, and Mariam Said many times for the book. I am of course aware of Yo-Yo Ma's connection with the orchestra, particularly at Weimar in 1999, and also came across his correspondence with Edward Said in the Said archives at Columbia.

I would very much like to meet Mr. Ma for an interview in Boston, or wherever it might be convenient for him. I live in Southern California and see that he will be in the state in January; this might be the best time to meet.

Could you please let me know?

thanks much and all the best,
Sandy Tolan
sandytolan@gmail.com

By liebchen31 | 12/04/12 - 02:12PM

Dear Mr Ma,

I was privileged to seat behind you yesterday at the Kennedy Center. It was amazing to see you play up close. Amazing.
I was wondering if you could tell me what was the piece you played in the encore. It was my favorite of the night. So beautiful...I could feel it in my soul.
Thank you for bringing so much joy to all of our lives.
Kind regards

By norahangu | 12/04/12 - 10:12AM

Dear Mr. Yo Yo Ma-
My daughter is a huge fan. She is dying to see you, so as a Christmas present, I have procured tickets for your performance in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Is there any way she can meet you. I have sent a few messages on Facebook to you with no reply. I am trying so hard to make this happy for her. Please consider the request. Nora Hangu and Maestro Suttle.

By tomewest | 11/09/12 - 09:11AM

It's rare as a parent to have a child who is so passionate about music early on and has elected to pursue it as a career. Our son, Jason, is 16 and is becoming quite the accomplished cellist. He studies with two excellent instructors, a wonderful orchestra teacher at our public school who recognized his potential in middle school and my wife who has played the diligent chauffer to get him to and from all of his lessons. Recently, Jason was accepted to a wonderful junior symphony. Your music, among other performers, has been an inspriation to help elevate his love for the cello far beyond what we ever anticipated. We are suprising him this Christmas with tickets to your performance in Chicago on Saturday March 2nd. It would be a great honor if there was any way for him to meet you, even if for just a moment.

Thanks for your consideration,

Tom West

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By StephenHeart | 08/26/12 - 09:08PM

Dear Forum Reviewer, and in turn Mr. Yo-Yo Ma,

My name is Stephen Abbott and I am a recent high school graduate planning to major in music composition and piano performance in university. Though I do not play the cello, your music has led me to a great respect and passion for classical music, as well as music in general. I live in Lubbock, TX and greatly look forward to your appearance in Lubbock on September 10. The reason I write, however, is on behalf of a good friend of mine named Madeline Garcia. She is a recent high school graduate herself and has been playing cello for practically her entire homeschooled life. She has held first chair cello in nearly every youth orchestra and ensemble she has played in. This includes the Lubbock Youth Symphony Orchestra (now the Youth Orchestra of Lubbock). This very night she is auditioning for the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. I am certain she has been greatly inspired by your gifts and your musical compositions. It is for this reason that I would like to request, if at all possible that you read this by September 10, that Madeline and I - especially Madeline - be able to meet you in person at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theater following your performance when you visit our city next month. I understand you are doubtlessly planning to be preoccupied, but even if it is just for one minute, I know it would mean more to her than you know for her to meet you. I have confidence she herself will one day become an accomplished cellist; she is already off to an amazing start. It would mean so much to me as well if she, being the wonderful young lady she is, could have the pleasure of meeting you.

You may email me at ivoryzebra618@cs.com if you'd like to personally confirm. Madeline and I would be honored to be given the privilege of seeking you out following your performance in Lubbock.

Thank you for blessing us and the world through your music.

Sincerely, and with admiration,
Stephen Abbott

By flavio | 08/14/12 - 06:08AM

Maestro Ma,

I am near my 50s and very good level amateur cellist, after having studied very hard in my youth (with the late maestro Bonucci jr. http://www.bonucci.org/AB/main.html ) I am currently working hard on my Popper and Piatti ( lot of hard work ) trying to decipher the Bach Sarabande from suite n. 6. In this context and given the difficulty would you appreciate sending a little gem of help with regard to best approach to the Bachian 'Mount Everest' !! thank you so very much indeed.

Best from Rome City

Flavio

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By selinaross9 | 06/24/12 - 06:06PM

Dear Mr. Yo Yo Ma

I'm a thirteen year old girl from Scotland. I play violin, (yes, violin) and I have been truly inspired by your playing.
Six weeks ago, I underwent surgery to correct my scoliosis, and only tonight I have found out that you underwent the same surgery!
Basically, I'm wondering if you can awnser a few questions:

After surgery did your technique improve?
Did your arm feel more free?

My email address is; selinaross9@yahoo.com

I would be greatly appreciative if you could help!

With kind regards,
Selina Ross.

By cellogirl0104 | 06/21/12 - 05:06PM

I love those CDs!!!!! The Dona Nobis Pacem that Yo-Yo Ma played was just like the one that I played in my orchestra!!!!!

By cellogirl0104 | 06/21/12 - 05:06PM

I agree. I think that the goat rodeo was the preformance that made me really love Yo-Yo Ma. at first I thought that he was cool, but after seeing that preformance I fell in love with him. He is AMAZING!!!!

By raguirre | 06/01/12 - 03:06AM

I have always been a fan but after watching The Goat Rodeo on PBS I really became a fan or maybe group y. I teach acoustic guitar and play professionally for a living and was deeply moved, sometimes to tears or laughter. The combination of styles are refreshing for this day and age and brings a new sound that I fell in love with. I had to purchase the C.D. for my library. Hoping you come to San Francisco. Thank You Yo Yo for bringing so much integrity to the arts.
Robert Aguirre

By NemoApprovedMusic | 05/26/12 - 10:05PM

I watched the Goat Rodeo Sessions on my local PBS station last night. And I laughed, I cried and pooped my pants. You can ask my wiffe. The music moved me spirtitually. Thank you guys so much for sharing your talents. God Is Love and Music.
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By Shelley | 05/17/12 - 01:05PM

Dear Mr. Ma,
I am a neurologist and a member of the World Doctors' Orchestra. Our members come from all over the world. We play twice a year with the purpose of raising awareness that health care is a basic human right, and also in order to raise money for a health-related purpose. For example, we played in Yerevan, Armenia and outifitted a dental clinic in a children's home and day center. One of our members was the dentist who needed this equipment for the orphans and handicapped children she cares for. We played with a children's chorus in Elansdorne, South Africa and raised money for the Tempelmann Medical Foundation there. Would you consider playing with us? Please e-mail me if you would like to discuss this further. You can hear us on our web site.

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By achristensen | 05/16/12 - 04:05PM

Mr. Ma,
Several of our friends have insisted that we tell you that our three-year-old daughter adores you to the point that you have become her imaginary friend. You might be suprised to know that you often have dinner with us, go on walks and bike rides with us and even travel and run errands with us. She has loved to listen to you play since she was 18 months old and would often request to listen to your "Classic Yo Yo" album as she fell asleep. We were so taken aback by her love of the cello and your music that we started her in cello lessons at age 2 1/2. When she practices, you are in the room with us, often on your own cello stool, watching her play. At her lessons she loves to "play like Yo Yo" for her teacher, which involves moving her feet up and down, closing her eyes and bowing back and forth as fast as she can. Thank you for your beautiful work and for being such an insipiration to our daughter, Amelie.

Anne Christensen, New Mexico

By 32pintsofapplejuice | 05/15/12 - 10:05PM

Dear Yo-Yo Ma

My name is Jeremiah Titone and I am a home school student currently in a band with three other home school students. We have played mostly alternative music at clubs around long island but we have recently written a classical pop crossover song centered around an inspirational cello melody. We are currently in a most desperate need of an inspirational classical crossover cellist and we also require a singer. We would all be ecstatic if you and Josh Groban would consider recording with us. We were planning a summer release and this would be most helpful. Feel free to listen to the songs we have up on YouTube and Itunes. Thank you so much -32 Pints of Apple Juice

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By colettes | 04/18/12 - 11:04PM

Mr. Yo-Yo Ma, I am currently in college pursuing Music Theory and playing Cello, and I want you to know that you have been my inspiration from a young age. I saw you at the Master Class at the Kansas City Symphony, and hope to see you again sometime in concert. You have a wonderful spirit and it shows in your music! -Colette

By eisbar | 04/18/12 - 06:04PM

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By eisbar | 04/18/12 - 06:04PM
By marthamcd | 04/17/12 - 12:04AM

My 10 year old son has finally found something he loves, playing the cello.We live in Chico where you will be playing April 28th but the tickets are sold out. Would you consider playing a short performance for the school kids? All kids at Blue Oak Charter School take violin, some progress to cello and my son plays in the orchestra. Please consider the kids who would love to hear you.
Thank you.
Martha Mcdermott

By ratwaite | 04/16/12 - 03:04PM

My 8 year old son has been studying cello for almost two years now, and he's looking forward to your concert in Mesa this Sunday. He told me that "all I want to do is to shake his hand and tell him that I'm a cellist too." I told him that likely wouldn't happen, but know that you've made an impression and have inspired him, which is especially helpful when he needs to practice. Looking forward to hearing you on Sunday!