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Analysts pans Sony's electronics division

TOKYO, May 28 (UPI) -- A market analyst and an activist investor have come to opposite conclusions regarding struggling giant Japanese conglomerate Sony, a new report shows.

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Music student leaves $170K violin on bus

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- A student at the New England Conservatory of Music has been reunited with her $170,000 violin after she left it on a bus in Philadelphia.

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Yo-Yo Ma meets Chicago wombat

Yo-Yo Ma meets Chicago wombat

CHICAGO, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma was photographed alongside Brookfield Zoo's Wilbur the Wombat at a Chicago benefit.
Celebrities fill White House

Celebrities fill White House

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- The White House was full of celebrities Sunday evening when U.S. President Barack Obama played host to this year's five Kennedy Center honorees.

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15 receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

15 receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Former President George H.W. Bush, poet Maya Angelou, and sports greats Stan Musial and Bill Russell received the highest U.S. civilian award Tuesday.

U.S. dance troupe to visit Israel

JERUSALEM, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- American choreographer Mark Morris and his dance troupe plan a series of six performances at the Tel Aviv Opera House, officials said.

Canadian PM gets by with help from friends

OTTAWA, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper surprised a National Arts Centre audience by playing a Beatles' tune on piano at a gala event supporting young artists.
Yo-Yo Ma to perform at New York museum

Yo-Yo Ma to perform at New York museum

NEW YORK, March 17 (UPI) -- Chinese-American cellist Yo-Yo Ma has agreed to perform the world premiere of "Self Comes to Mind," New York's American Museum of Natural History said.
Yo Yo Ma
President Barack Obama awards the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom musician Yo-Yo Ma during a ceremony at the White House in Washington on February 15, 2011. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

Yo-Yo Ma (born October 7, 1955) is a French-born American cellist, virtuoso, orchestral composer of Chinese descent, and winner of multiple Grammy Awards, the National Medal of Arts in 2001 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. He is one of the most famous cellists of the modern age.

Yo-Yo Ma was born in Paris on October 7, 1955, to Chinese parents and had a musical upbringing. His mother, Marina Lu, was a singer, and his father, Hiao-Tsiun Ma, was a violinist and professor of music. His family moved to New York when he was five years old.

At a very young age, Ma began studying violin, and later viola, before finding his true calling by taking up the cello in 1960 at age four. According to Ma, his first choice was the double bass due to its large size, but he compromised and took up cello instead. The child prodigy began performing before audiences at age five, and performed for Presidents John F. Kennedy and Dwight D. Eisenhower when he was seven. At age eight, he appeared on American television with his sister, Yeou-Cheng Ma, in a concert conducted by Leonard Bernstein. By fifteen years of age, Ma had graduated from Trinity School in New York and appeared as a soloist with the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra in a performance of the Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations.

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