Yo-Yo Ma Performs Bach’s Cello Suites

Yo-Yo Ma, Photograph by Jason Bell

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma will perform Bach’s six Cello Suites – LIVE – this Sunday on Classical WSMR.  Join us for this memorial to those we have lost in the pandemic and a tribute to the resilience of our communities.

Yo-Yo and Bach

Grammy Award-winning artist Yo-Yo Ma is a French-born American cellist known for his remarkable skill and mastery of the cello. He is a child prodigy who gave his first public performance at the age of five and made his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of nine. Yo-Yo creates programs that aim to collaborate with multiple cultures across the globe and continues to revolutionize classical music into what we know today.[1] 

Bach’s Cello Suites were composed between 1717 and 1723 while he served as Kapellmeister in Köthen. Without a doubt, these suites are some of the most performed and celebrated works in classical music. Although these works were lost for nearly two centuries, Bach’s six Cello Suites have had a long-lasting impact on the history of classical music and continue to be performed to this day.[2]

Listen Live

This 2.5-hour performance will air live and uninterrupted on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9 and will be streamed on wsmr.org and Yo-Yo’s YouTube channel. You can also listen live at wsmr.org, and from your smartphone with the WUSF Public Media App. Also, ask your Smart Speaker to play Classical WSMR. 


[1] “Biography (Text Only): Yo-Yo Ma.” Yo, www.yo-yoma.com/biography/.

[2] Johnson, Steve. “Bach – Cello Suites.” Classic FM, 13 Apr. 2012, www.classicfm.com/composers/bach/music/cello-suites/.

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