COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
PEACE BUILDER BIOGRAPHY
Yo-Yo Ma was born in 1955 to Chinese parents living in Paris. He began to study the cello with his father at age four, and three years later moved with his family to New York City. There, he continued his studies at the Juilliard School. After his conservatory training, he sought out a liberal arts education and graduated from Harvard with a degree in anthropology. Yo-Yo’s career is testament to his faith in culture’s power to generate the trust and understanding essential to a strong society. This belief inspired Yo-Yo to establish the global cultural collective Silkroad, and, more recently, to set out on the Bach Project — a six-continent tour of J. S. Bach’s suites for solo cello and an invitation to a larger conversation about culture, society, and the themes that connect us all.
DAILY PEACE ACTION
Today, I am issuing a call, a challenge, to other artists and to lovers of the arts. I’m calling on people across the globe to go online if you can and share a work that you’ve recently created, or that speaks to you during these times, and tag it with the hashtag #OfferPeace. Perhaps it’s a song you play constantly that’s getting you through these times, a watercolor you painted, or a poem you read or wrote that touches your heart during this moment. Together, I am confident we can grow this movement even larger with even more peace offerings, and reach even more people in pain during this time.