27. 4. 2014 /With his genre-defying approach to music, the phenomenal American cellist Yo-Yo Ma brilliantly embodies the values of the Strings of Autumn festival. Those lucky enough to have witnessed his last performance in Prague, some twenty years ago, remember it fondly to this day. Whether playing the classical repertoire, world music, or making tasteful forays into the world of pop, Ma is ever the humble master.Show moreFundraising evening for the International festival Strings of Autumn. The guest of the fifth Spring Strings Gala 2014 is phenomenal cellist YO-YO MA. Invite your friends or business partners to the unrepeatable cultural and social event.As musicians, we've always tried to see beyond the limitations of genre boundaries, and we're delighted to support a festival that does the same. Thank you, in turn, for supporting Strings of Autumn; thank you for backing the arts."Yo-Yo Ma, Kathryn Stott
Yo-Yo Ma, violoncello Kathrin Stott, pianoIt's hard to imagine an artist who better embodies the values of Strings of Autumn than Yo-Yo Ma. His instrumental mastery is admired both by lovers of classical music and by those turned on to world music by his Silk Road Ensemble. He is also known for his carefully-chosen forays into the world of pop music. Whatever he plays, Yo-Yo Ma always remains the humble master. Ma first performed in Prague in the Spring of 1989, in an exciting atmosphere of imminent social change, and his interpretation of Dvorak's Cello Concerto in B minor, under the baton of Vaclav Neumann, was unforgettable. In Spring 1993, he performed with Itzhak Perlman and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Seiji Ozawa in the Smetana Hall of the Municipal House. Those lucky enough to be there remember the outstanding concert to this day. After a long 20-year break, Yo-Yo Ma returns to Prague to perform for guests of the Spring Strings gala, now in its 5th consecutive year. The concert will take place on the 27th of April, 2014, in the Spanish Hall of Prague Castle. As always, the festival has worked closely with the artist to present a special programme, including pieces by Stravisnky, Villa-Lobos, Piazolla, and Dvorak. Yo-Yo Ma, sixteen times a Grammy award winner, will be accompanied in this classical recital by his long-time chamber music partner, the wonderful British pianist Kathryn Stott. [sk_gallery id="3821"]
So strong is Mr. Ma's technique and so genuine his feelings… that the listener is still charmed by a musician with so much sincerity to give.
“He has won 16 Grammy awards, performed for presidents, and worked with everyone from Bobby McFerrin to the Kalahari Bushmen. He has recorded bluegrass and baroque, twinned Bach and kabuki, and saluted Brazil. If it can be done, Yo-Yo Ma has done it.
A Musician of Many Cultures.
The planet's greatest cellist.
Previous Spring Strings GALAVocal phenomenon Bobby McFerrin performed at the 2010 gala, and jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater took centre stage in 2011. In 2012, Dianne Reeves, the third consecutive multiple-Grammy- winning artist charmed the audience in Prague. Last year we have hosted singer Gregory Porger. [sk_gallery id="3908"]
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