Geek Of The Week: Yo Yo Ma

Geek Of The Week: Yo Yo Ma

Many people know the name Yo Yo Ma, but few know this geek’s complex history. Ma is of Chinese decent, but was born in France. He started music lessons at a very young age. By the time he was four, he had already learned to play piano, violin, viola, and cello. The latter would become his instrument of choice. His family relocated to New York when Ma was just 7 year old.

Ma attended Julliard School of Music, and graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelors in Music. He later received an honorary doctorate from Harvard. Ma’s career really took off in the late-90s when his music was used in several major motion pictures. His playing can be heard on: 7 Years In Tibet, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Master and Commander: The far Side of the World, Memoirs of a Geisha, and many more. Since then he’s built an extremely successful musical career that’s won him a whopping 18 Grammy awards.

Obviously, the musical geek is more than worth of our humble GOTW nomination. He has certainly earned it. Now he can add GOTW to his list of accomplishments.

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avatar KALE: A geek who works in the IT Security field and lives in Dallas, TX. He is also a music geek who has played in several local bands. Previous to his IT career, Kale worked as a photojournalist. He brings technical advice and artistic counterpoint to the podcast.