The Violin Version of Yo-Yo MaViolinists: Recordings and Performances: I am very curious, which violinist would you compare Yo-Yo Ma to (Heifetz, Perlman, etc.?) based on his technique, musicality, etc.?
From Addi L.
And just a general question on the cello, how does one travel on air with it? I've been thinking lately that people with intense touring/concertizing schedules like Yo-Yo Ma wouldn't be very happy when his x million dollars Stradivirius is in the cargo, somehow I have a feeling sticking ten fragile stickes on the case won't be enough. Does he buy a seat for his cello? And what about people who play the double bass?
From Sarah LevinMost cellists buy seats for their precious instruments, as far as I know. Bassists use immense "coffins" that are probably indestructable even in the wake of, say, a 9.5-level earthquake. On my orchestral tours they've all been safe that way.
Posted on February 9, 2004 at 08:00 PM
From owen sutteri think they usually buy a seat for it
Posted on February 9, 2004 at 08:02 PM
From Carl FulbrookI think Ma is a fantastic cellist and musician. One of the best concerts I have been to was him playing the Elgar cello concerto last September at the BBC proms.
Posted on February 9, 2004 at 10:24 PM
From Linda SIf they can afford it, cellist by their instrument a seat although there can be some problems with this in the light of all the new security measures. Some cellists have reported having to remove the endpin before they can bring it on board, and one reports he was once told he had to take the strings off!
Posted on February 9, 2004 at 11:32 PM
Those who can't afford the extra ticket have to put it in cargo and get ulcers during the flight. There are several different case systems to help protect the instrument, but none are flawless. My son, the cellist, takes the train when he can and worries when he flies, but so far the instrument has not been damaged.
From Peter RovitThere are many some great violinists around today but it's hard to think of one --off the top of my head--who combines all the wonderful qualities he has, both as a performer and as a person.
Posted on February 9, 2004 at 11:37 PM
His amazing technique is only a part of what makes him so special. There is also his great intellectual curiosity which keeps him looking for new ways to play the standard repertoire and also drives him to study the musics of other cultures.
Earlier this season, he came to play Dvorak with the Oklahoma City Phil.
Cello and bass students were invited to attend the dress rehearsal and he stayed long after it had finished to talk with them, sign autographs, and pose for pictures. He also passed his cello around for the students to play on!
With regards to intellectual curiosity and promoting contemporary music, Gidon Kremer comes to mind as someone of comparable stature, but he doesn't have the same kind of "warm and fuzzy" appeal. Sometimes his playing is brilliant and sometimes it's a bit too bizarre or mannered.
From Kazuyuki FujitaPerlman also smiles when he plays, just like Yo Yo. Heifetz didn't smile and look around at whoever he had a moving line with.
Posted on February 10, 2004 at 04:59 AM
From Candace CaseyYes, I would say he plays mostly like Perlman. I think his almost non-stop use of virbrato is pretty similar to Perlman's style.
Posted on March 5, 2004 at 02:58 AM
From Carl FulbrookI don't think you can say that artists of such calibre can be compared in such a way. They're unique individuals - and I can't think of anyone who would accurately fit the bill of being the violin equivelent of Yo-Yo Ma. That's what's great about him - he's an incredible, unique and inspiring performer.
Posted on March 5, 2004 at 07:52 AM
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