Yo-Yo Ma

As you begin to realize that every different type of music, everybody's individual music, has its own rhythm, life, language and heritage, you realize how life changes, and you learn how to be more open and adaptive to what is around us.Yo-Yo Ma

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Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you're passionate about something, then you're more willing to take risks.Yo-Yo Ma

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Good things happen when you meet strangers.Yo-Yo Ma

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I'm not likely to forget where I've been and what I've done and learned. I think it's just as important to play new instruments as to play new pieces. The old ones are getting scarcer and the new ones more and more wonderful.Yo-Yo Ma

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One of the most interesting aspects of the film project was collaborating with so many people - directors, filmmakers, and writers - over a five-year period. I learned that there are two components to this.Yo-Yo Ma

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Things can fall apart, or threaten to, for many reasons, and then there's got to be a leap of faith. Ultimately, when you're at the edge, you have to go forward or backward; if you go forward, you have to jump together.Yo-Yo Ma

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I think all musicians have at one time or another experienced one physical problem or another. I have had tendinitis a couple of times, so I try to be really careful. It takes patience and persistence to overcome injury.Yo-Yo Ma

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You go through phases. You have to reinvent reasons for playing, and one year's answer might not do for another.Yo-Yo Ma

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One is that you have to take time, lots of time, to let an idea grow from within. The second is that when you sign on to something, there will be issues of trust, deep trust, the way the members of a string quartet have to trust one another.Yo-Yo Ma

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I think of a piece of music as something that comes alive when it is being performed, and I feel that my role in the transmission of music is to be its best advocate at that moment.Yo-Yo Ma

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I realized late in life that my twin passions are music and people.Yo-Yo Ma

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There's a part of me that's always charging ahead. I'm the curious kid, always going to the edge.Yo-Yo Ma

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One of the things I love about music is live performance.Yo-Yo Ma

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Music is powered by ideas. If you don't have clarity of ideas, you're just communicating sheer sound.Yo-Yo Ma

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Music has always been transnational; people pick up whatever interests them, and certainly a lot of classical music has absorbed influences from all over the world.Yo-Yo Ma

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I really would like to be involved in things and to understand things, and in some ways you've got to be careful what you wish for because I feel very, very blessed to have such an interesting life and to be able to have little snapshots of lives of people from many different parts of the world.Yo-Yo Ma

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It took me way beyond what I knew, into places of which I was totally scared, but as I became less frightened, I welcomed new ways of thinking and approaching something. It made me an infinitely richer person, and I think a better musician.Yo-Yo Ma

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I think there are so many ways to become interested in music. I believe signs of sustained interest gives a sense of the right time. Music, if thought of as a language, would perhaps indicate that as early as possible is not so bad. I do believe that a really nurturing first teacher that makes the child love something is crucial.Yo-Yo Ma

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As a child, you respond physically, tactically. You're delighted by sound, you're delighted by recognizing something. It's like hide and seek. Is it there? Is it not there? Is it this note? Is it not this note? It's one fantastic game.Yo-Yo Ma

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The tango is really a combination of many cultures, though it eventually became the national music of Argentina.Yo-Yo Ma

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As a musician I'm kind of nomadic, Waldo-like. I show up in different places, and I'm witness to unbelievable things.Yo-Yo Ma

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But an innovation, to grow organically from within, has to be based on an intact tradition, so our idea is to bring together musicians who represent all these traditions, in workshops, festivals, and concerts, to see how we can connect with each other in music.Yo-Yo Ma

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I've been traveling all over the world for 25 years, performing, talking to people, studying their cultures and musical instruments, and I always come away with more questions in my head than can be answered.Yo-Yo Ma

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Many of the Central Asians know Russian, and Ted Levin speaks it fluently. I speak Chinese, but Mongolian is completely different, so we had to have translators.Yo-Yo Ma

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We may be coming to a new golden age of instrument making.Yo-Yo Ma

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When you learn something from people, or from a culture, you accept it as a gift, and it is your lifelong commitment to preserve it and build on it.Yo-Yo Ma

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After reaching 50, I began to wonder what the root of life is.Yo-Yo Ma

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The role of the musician is to go from concept to full execution. Put another way, it's to go from understanding the content of something to really learning how to communicate it and make sure it's well-received and lives in somebody else.Yo-Yo Ma

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I learn something not because I have to, but because I really want to. That's the same view I have for performing. I'm performing because I really want to, not because I have to bring bread back home.Yo-Yo Ma

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I love grocery shopping when I'm home. That's what makes me feel totally normal. I love both the idea of home as in being with my family and friends, and also the idea of exploration. I think those two are probably my great interests.Yo-Yo Ma

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