October 7, 2016
Dorothy Weir Young (1890-1947), Man Playing Cello, c.1930, oil on canvas, 30 x 25 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
Chinese-American cellist Yo-Yo Ma was born on this day in 1955. Ma is a world-renowned cellist, beginning to perform at the age of 5. When he was seven, he performed for Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy. He studied at both Harvard University and Julliard Academy. Ma has been awarded 18 Grammy Awards and is also the recipient of the National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.