Yo-Yo Ma (b. 1955) is perhaps the world's most famous cellist.
In December 2011, Elmo appeared at the Kennedy Center Honors to help honor Ma.
Sesame Street appearances
- Ma appears by himself in the arbor and plays the first Menuett from Johann Sebastian Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007. (First: Episode 2210)
- Appearing with a Honker, Ma plays a piece that Bob guesses is by Ludwig van Beethoven. Ma corrects him: it's a piece by Murray Beethoven. (First: Episode 2220)
- Elmo sees Ma's cello and thinks it's a "big fiddle" that belongs to Mr. Snuffleupagus, in contrast to Elmo's "little fiddle" (a violin). When Bob and Yo-Yo Ma straighten things out, he and Elmo play music together. (First: Episode 2221)
- Hoots the Owl challenges Ma to make the same sounds with his cello that Hoots made with his saxophone. (First: Episode 2221)