Each culture has a unique type of music, one that is at times influenced by events within that culture, but develops at its own pace and becomes a defining feature for that country or region of the world. In the past century there has been a melding of music from different world cultures, and talented musicians from every continent and culture have taken up music that has been traditionally practiced only by those from its region of origin. Yo-Yo Ma is arguably the greatest cellist in the world. His early life was spent learning and performing on the cello. Tutored from some of the greatest classical players at the time, Ma was a prodigy who quickly distanced himself from other children learning the cello at that time. In recent years, Ma has worked with artists from many different musical backgrounds and has made a powerful impact in the way that music has traditionally been classified. Ma's love of music transcends performance and allows the audience to become a part of the performance. Not only is Ma a powerful performer but he is also very influential in promoting learning and teaching many types of music. This text is part of the "Asian Americans of Achievement" series.