Children's Literature - Carlee HallmanThis internationally known cellist was born in Paris of Chinese parents in 1955. After his family moved to New York in 1962, he played a concert in Washington, D.C. at the age of 7 to great acclaim. His violinist father was his first teacher. Then he studied with famous cellists. He attended music camps and private schools. As a teen he skipped classes, and played tricks like painting graffiti on the school wall, which he had to wash off. Soon, he began playing concerts all over the world. Having mastered all the pieces for cello as a young man, he went on to learn music from other cultures firsthand. He made recordings that combined classical music with other forms such as jazz, Appalachian, and tango music. He created the Silk Road Ensemble with musicians from Mongolia and other Asian countries. The colorful pictures in this title show him and other musicians, from Bach to Wynton Marsalis. Through music, Yo-Yo Ma tries to bring people together, and was even named a United Nations peace ambassador. This is from the "Signature Lives" series. There is a timeline of his life along with other events taking place in the world, lists of additional resources, a bibliography, glossary, and an index. This is an inspiring addition to young adult libraries.
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