Yo-Yo Ma — PICS By: Farrah Julin April 14, 2019 2:44PM EDT 1 of 6 Yo-Yo Ma Greg Allen/REX/Shutterstock Yo-Yo Ma is one of the most famous cellists in the world. He is Chinese-American but was born in Paris. He started playing music at just four-years-old and went on to attend and graduate from the prestigious schools, Julliard School in New York, and Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. His successful career and incredible talent on the cello has allowed him to play with many impressive orchestras around the world. He is also known for his advocacy work in trying to bridge communities with different cultures and helped them come together to learn from and celebrate each other. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom award, which is the highest civilian award in the U.S., in 2011. He has also won 19 Grammy Awards as of Apr. 2019, for his work in music. He started his own non-profit organization, Silkroad, in 1998 and it promotes collaborations between artists and institutions and multicultural artistic exchange. April 14, 2019, 1:00PM 2 of 6 Yo-Yo Ma Charles Krupa/AP/REX/Shutterstoc Grammy award winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma performs during an interfaith healing service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. It was for victims of the Boston Marathon explosions. April 14, 2019, 1:00PM 3 of 6 Yo-Yo Ma Steven Senne/AP/REX/Shutterstock Cellist Yo-Yo Ma rehearses with Holocaust survivor George Horner on stage at Symphony Hall in Boston. The 90-year-old pianist made his orchestral debut with Ma, where they played music composed 70 years ago at the Nazi prison camp where Horner was imprisoned. April 14, 2019, 1:00PM 4 of 6 Yo-Yo Ma Steven Senne/AP/REX/Shutterstock Cellist Yo-Yo Ma rehearses Prokofiev’s Symphony Concerto for cello and orchestra at Symphony Hall, in Boston. Ma performed the piece with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) conducted by BSO’s music director Andris Nelsons. April 14, 2019, 1:00PM 5 of 6 Yo-Yo Ma Andrew Harnik/AP/REX/Shutterstoc Chinese-American cellist Yo-Yo Ma arrives at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors reception in the East Room of the White House, in Washington. The 2015 Kennedy Center Honors Honorees were singer-songwriter Carole King, filmmaker George Lucas, actress and singer Rita Moreno, conductor Seiji Ozawa, and actress Cicely Tyson. April 14, 2019, 1:00PM 6 of 6 Yo-Yo Ma Larry Marano/REX/Shutterstock Yo-Yo Ma in concert at Dillard High School Theater in Fort Lauderdale, FL in Apr. 2018. It was a concert for family and friends from Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Dillard High Schools. April 14, 2019, 1:00PM Click to Subscribe to Get Our Free HollywoodLife Daily Newsletter to get the hottest celeb news.