San Diego Story
By Ken Herman
March 14, 2014

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is not simply a virtuoso cellist—he is a celebrity equally at home performing concertos with major orchestras as he is appearing on television or recording sound tracks for blockbuster films. His Silk Road project, a celebrated intercultural musical mission that integrates classical and popular music from eastern and western cultures, has produced a shelf of groundbreaking recordings.

From his own 75 recordings, he has won 15 Grammy Awards, and has been awarded the National Medal of Arts (2001), the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2011), and the Kennedy Center Honors (2012).