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Yo-Yo Ma

Soundtrack | Music Department | Actor
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KNOWN FOR 
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) | Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) | Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
AWARDS 
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations More »
AKA 
Yo Yo Ma
BORN 
Oct 7, 1955 (age 62)
HEIGHT 
5' 10" (1.78m)

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Films in Production (1 titles)YEARBUDGETSTATUS
Past Film & Video (34 titles)YEARBUDGETUS Gross / WORLDWIDE
  • Primary photo for Captain FantasticCaptain Fantastic Performer ("Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010, Prélude")  Less 2016 $5.9MM / $3MM
  • Primary photo for The Music of StrangersThe Music of Strangers Himself, Musician (cello)  Less 2015 $1.2MM / —
  • Primary photo for The ProphetThe Prophet Musician (cello solos)  Less 2014 $12MM $335K / —
  • Primary photo for Ex MachinaEx Machina Performer ("Unaccompanied Cello Suite #1 in G Major BWV 1007 - Préludé")  Less 2014 $15MM $25MM / $39MM
  • Primary photo for Bill W.Bill W. Performer ("Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007- Courante", "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007- Prelude, "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007- Sarabande", "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008- Prelude", "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009- Bourree I/II", "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major, BWV 1010- Bourree I/II", "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major, BWV 1010- Courante", "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major, BWV 1010- Sarabande", "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011- Allemande", "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011- Prelude", "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012- Gavotte I/II")  Less 2012
  • Primary photo for First PositionFirst Position Performer ("Allegro Prestissimo from Sonata for Two Cellos")  Less 2011 $1.1MM / —
  • Primary photo for Jews and Baseball: An American Love StoryJews and Baseball: An American Love Story Musician (cello)  Less 2010
  • Primary photo for EmptyEmpty (Short) Performer ("Libertango") (uncredited)  Less 2006 €25K
  • Primary photo for Memoirs of a GeishaMemoirs of a Geisha Musician (cello solos)  Less 2005 $85MM $57MM / $162MM
  • Primary photo for Suburban SymphonySuburban Symphony (Video) Musician (cello)  Less 2004
  • Primary photo for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the WorldMaster and Commander: The Far Side of the World Performer ("Prelude (From the Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007)")  Less 2003 $150MM $94MM / $212MM
  • Primary photo for The CompanyThe Company Performer ("Suite for Unaccompanied Cello, No. 1, BWV 1007 in G Major, V. Menuett")  Less 2003 $15MM $2.3MM / —
  • Primary photo for Beethoven: Triple Concerto/Choral FantasyBeethoven: Triple Concerto/Choral Fantasy (Video) Himself (cellist), Performer ("Triple Concerto")  Less 2003
  • Primary photo for NaqoyqatsiNaqoyqatsi Musician (cello solos)  Less 2002 $3MM $133K / $156K
  • Primary photo for Hush!Hush! Musician (cello, "Hush Little Baby"), Performer ("Hush Little Baby")  Less 2001 $21K / —
  • Primary photo for Crouching Tiger, Hidden DragonCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Musician (cello solos), Performer ("A Love Before Time", "Moonlight Lover" (Mandarin Version))  Less 2000 $17MM $128MM / $214MM
  • Primary photo for You Can Count on MeYou Can Count on Me Performer ("Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007/Prélude (Instrumental)") (uncredited)  Less 2000 $1.2MM $9.2MM / —
  • Primary photo for The Sea That ThinksThe Sea That Thinks Soundtrack ("The Protecting Veil")  Less 2000
  • Primary photo for The Talented Mr. RipleyThe Talented Mr. Ripley Performer ("PIANO QUARTET IN E-FLAT MAJOR; Opus 16, Second Movement")  Less 1999 $40MM $81MM / $129MM
  • Primary photo for The Horse WhispererThe Horse Whisperer Performer ("Sonata in F Major for Cello and Piano, Op. 5. No. 1")  Less 1998 $60MM $75MM / $187MM
  • Primary photo for Frank Lloyd WrightFrank Lloyd Wright Performer ("Sonata No. 4 in C Major for Cello and Piano Op. 102, No. 1")  Less 1998
  • Primary photo for The Tango LessonThe Tango Lesson Soundtrack ("I Am You"), Performer ("Libertango (Reprise)")  Less 1997 $1.3MM / —
  • Primary photo for Bach Cello Suite #5: Struggle for HopeBach Cello Suite #5: Struggle for Hope Himself, Performer ("Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011")  Less 1997
  • Primary photo for Bach Cello Suite #6: Six GesturesBach Cello Suite #6: Six Gestures Himself, Performer ("Cello Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012")  Less 1997
  • Primary photo for Bach Cello Suite #3: Falling Down StairsBach Cello Suite #3: Falling Down Stairs Himself, Performer ("Cello Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009")  Less 1997
  • Primary photo for Bach Cello Suite #4: SarabandeBach Cello Suite #4: Sarabande Himself, Performer ("Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010")  Less 1997
  • Primary photo for Bach Cello Suite #1: The Music GardenBach Cello Suite #1: The Music Garden Himself, Performer ("Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007")  Less 1997
  • Primary photo for Bach Cello Suite #2: The Sound of CarceriBach Cello Suite #2: The Sound of Carceri Himself, Performer ("Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008")  Less 1997
  • Primary photo for Seven Years in TibetSeven Years in Tibet Musician (cello solos)  Less 1997 $70MM $38MM / $131MM
  • Primary photo for Mission: ImpossibleMission: Impossible Performer ("Divertimento in E-Flat Major for String Trio (K.563)")  Less 1996 $80MM $181MM / $458MM
  • Primary photo for Before SunriseBefore Sunrise Performer ("'Andante' from 'Sonata No. 1 In G Major, BWV 1027'")  Less 1995 $2.5MM $5.5MM / $17MM
  • Primary photo for Immortal BelovedImmortal Beloved Performer ("Piano Trio No. 4 in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1 'Ghost'")  Less 1994 $9.9MM / —
  • Primary photo for Another WomanAnother Woman Performer ("Unaccompanied Cello Suite in D Major")  Less 1988 $10MM $1.6MM / —
  • Primary photo for Black Lights White ShadowsBlack Lights White Shadows Composer  Less 1986 $800K
Past Television (19 titles)YEAREPISODE COUNT
  • Primary photo for Mozart in the JungleMozart in the Jungle (TV Series) Performer ("A Lenda do Caboclo") ( 1 episode, 2016 ) , Performer ("Cello Concerto Silent Woods") ( 1 episode, 2016 )  Less 2016 2
  • Primary photo for Grey's AnatomyGrey's Anatomy (TV Series) Performer ("Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: Prelude") ( 1 episode, 2016 )  Less 2016 1
    • The Room Where It Happens (Nov 10, 2016) Performer ("Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: Prelude") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for The SimpsonsThe Simpsons (TV Series) Yo-Yo Ma ( 1 episode, 2015 ) , Performer ("Simpsons End Credit Theme") ( 1 episode, 2015 )  Less 2015 1
    • Puffless (Oct 11, 2015) Yo-Yo Ma (voice), Performer ("Simpsons End Credit Theme")  Less
  • Primary photo for Live from Lincoln CenterLive from Lincoln Center (TV Series) Musician ( 1 episode, 2013 )  Less 2013 1
  • Primary photo for American Horror StoryAmerican Horror Story (TV Series) Performer ("Suite for Solo Cello No. 5 in C Minor: Allemande") ( 1 episode, 2011 )  Less 2011 1
    • Piggy Piggy (Nov 9, 2011) Performer ("Suite for Solo Cello No. 5 in C Minor: Allemande") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for The Tonight Show with Jay LenoThe Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV Series) Himself - Musical Guest ( 1 episode, 2011 ) , Performer ("Here and Heaven") ( 1 episode, 2011 )  Less 2011 1
  • Primary photo for Independent LensIndependent Lens (TV Series) Performer ("Old Country Fairy Tale", "Butterfly's Day Out", "Appalachia Waltz") ( 1 episode, 2003 ) , Performer ("Air and Simple Gifts") ( 1 episode, 2011 )  Less 2003–2011 2
    • Welcome to Shelbyville (May 24, 2011) Performer ("Air and Simple Gifts")  Less
    • Razing Appalachia (May 20, 2003) Performer ("Old Country Fairy Tale", "Butterfly's Day Out", "Appalachia Waltz")  Less
  • Primary photo for You Don't Know JackYou Don't Know Jack (TV Movie) Performer ("Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 2 in D-Minor, BWV 1008: Courante", "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G-Major, BWV 1007: Prélude")  Less 2010
  • Primary photo for The National Parks: America's Best IdeaThe National Parks: America's Best Idea (TV Mini-series) Performer ("Etienne et Petunia") ( 1 episode, 2009 ) , Musician ( 1 episode, 2009 ) , Performer ("Silk Road Music") ( 1 episode, 2009 )  Less 2009 3
  • Primary photo for President Obama: The InaugurationPresident Obama: The Inauguration (TV Special) Himself, Performer ("Air and Simple Gifts")  Less 2009
  • Primary photo for Knowledge Is the BeginningKnowledge Is the Beginning (TV Movie) Special Thanks  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for Great PerformancesGreat Performances (TV Series) Musician (cello) ( 1 episode, 2004 ) , Himself (solo cellist) ( 1 episode, 2004 ) , Performer ("Don Quixote") ( 1 episode, 2004 )  Less 2004 1
    • Carnegie Hall Opening Night 2004 (Oct 27, 2004) Himself (solo cellist), Musician (cello), Performer ("Don Quixote")  Less
  • Primary photo for NovaNova (TV Series) Musician ( 1 episode, 2003 )  Less 2003 1
  • Primary photo for AliasAlias (TV Series) Performer ("Slumber My Darling") ( 1 episode, 2002 )  Less 2002 1
    • The Counteragent (Nov 17, 2002) Performer ("Slumber My Darling") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for Sex and the CitySex and the City (TV Series) Performer ("Second Time Around") ( 1 episode, 2001 )  Less 2001 1
    • Just Say Yes (Aug 12, 2001) Performer ("Second Time Around")  Less
  • Primary photo for KindergartenKindergarten (TV Mini-series) Performer ("HUSH")  Less 2001– 
  • Primary photo for The West WingThe West Wing (TV Series) Yo-Yo Ma ( 1 episode, 2000 ) , Performer ("Suite No. 1 for Cello") ( 1 episode, 2000 )  Less 2000 1
    • Noël (Dec 20, 2000) Yo-Yo Ma, Performer ("Suite No. 1 for Cello")  Less
  • Primary photo for FrasierFrasier (TV Series) Tom ( 1 episode, 1999 )  Less 1999 1
    • Dr. Nora (Apr 29, 1999) Tom (voice)  Less
  • Primary photo for Liberty! The American RevolutionLiberty! The American Revolution (TV Mini-series) Performer ("When Bidden to the Wake or Fair", "Song of the Liberty Bell (for Violin and Strings)")  Less 1997– 
Self (67 titles)YEARBUDGETUS Gross / WORLDWIDE
Archive Footage (4 titles)YEARBUDGETUS Gross / WORLDWIDE
  • Primary photo for Jeopardy!Jeopardy! (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 2010 )  Less 2010
  • Primary photo for 60 Minutes60 Minutes (TV Series) Himself - Cellist (segment "Ben Zander") ( 2 episodes, 2000 )  Less 2000
  • Primary photo for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny CarsonThe Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) Himself ( 1 episode, 1992 )  Less 1992
  • Primary photo for Grâce à la musiqueGrâce à la musique (TV Series) Himself / Violoncelliste ( 1 episode, 1982 )  Less 1982
    • Le violoncelle (Jan 1, 1982) Himself / Violoncelliste (archive footage)  Less

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