What piece of art changed your life? How did it affect you?
When I was about eleven years old, I fell in love with the legends
of King Arthur, Robin Hood, and Sherlock Holmes. From King Arthur, I
loved the idea of quests and working toward something bigger than
yourself, which I think is also what we do in music. From Robin
Hood, the idea of being both inside and outside society made a lot of
sense to me. And I loved the Sherlock Holmes process of deduction,
of slowly peeling away all the possibilities to reveal the right
answer. That process of finding the truth through sheer intelligence
really appealed to me.
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is a "Life Director" on the BSO Board of Directors. His new CD, Songs of Joy and Peace (Sony Classical), features Diana Krall, Dave Brubeck, Renee Fleming, Paquito D'Rivera, Joshua Redman, and the Assad Brothers.