Yo-Yo Ma (1955 – )

He graduated from New York City’s Professional Children’s School at the age of 15, the same year he made his first performance at Carnegie Hall. He performed for both JFK and Eisenhower at the age of 7. He entered Columbia University in 1972 and transferred to Harvard after a semester graduating with a B.A. in humanities in 1976.

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Yo-Yo Ma played the cello for President Kennedy and former President Eisenhower at the age of 7 and made his television debut at 8.  He studied music at the Juilliard School and academic subjects at Trinity School, graduating from New York City’s Professional Children’s School at the age of 15.  Yo-Yo Ma studied briefly at Columbia University before transferring to Harvard, where he graduated with a B.A. in humanities.  For the last 30 years, Yo-Yo Ma has been most renowned cellist in the world.  He has performed on every continent, won 16 Grammy awards, and played for numerous special events:  the first anniversary of the 911 attacks at the World Trade Center, the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, the Academy Awards, and the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

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