Empathetic Autobiography

Empathetic Autobiography

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  • Hello
  • (Music Playing)
  • Sure
  • Can i play the cello
  • My name is Yo-Yo Ma and I was born to Chinese parents on October 7,1955 in Paris,France. My sister name is Yeou_Cheng. My dad’s name is Hiao-Tsiun Ma and my mother’s name is Marina Lu.
  • When I was four years old, my parents were musician and I was motivated. My mother was a singer and my dad played instruments. I remember waking up on Saturday mornings and hearing my mom’s beautiful voice along with the creative sounds that my father created on his violin. I would sit in my room and think about how one day I hoped to be a great musician, just like my mom and dad.
  • One day I asked my dad “can I study the cello” He said “yes.” But I had to play the Violin first. My father who would train both Me and my older sister, Yeou-Cheng, in the classics. My sister was taught the violin and piano, often waking up at 4 or 5 a.m. to practice. It was hard waking up so early I often fell asleep during practice.  when I was ready to play the cello I started to memorized Johann S. Bach’s Suites. 
  • When is finish studying the cello I moved to New York when I was 7 life was different because the population over there was 16.37 million people .
  • I did my first recital at age 5 it was scary but i was brave to perform. At age 7, I perform to Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy it w as scary because they might think that i'm not good and they will not like my music and how I play. While i was performing imagine that i am practicing. When I was age eight, I appeared on American television with my sister, Yeou-Cheng Ma, in a concert conducted by Leonard Bernstein.  In 1964.
  • When I was 19 I went to school at Juilliard school of music to study about music. I studied with Leonard Rose and I also study at Columbia University but i dropped out because i felted Uncomfortable to study at Columbia University because it was to easy. Later I enrolled to Harvard University where I played the Marlboro Festival Orchestra under the direction of cellist and conductor Pablo Casals.
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