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Yo-Yo Ma -March 31st

Yo-Yo Ma’s multi-faceted career is a testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Whether performing works from the cello repertoire, collaborating on chamber music or exploring cultures and musical forms outside the Western classical tradition, Mr Ma strives to find connections that stimulate the imagination. His work focuses on the transformative power music can have as well as on increasing the variety of opportunities audiences have to experience music in their communities.

As well as being the founder and creative director of the Silk Road Ensemble, Mr Ma is the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant. In March 2016, he was appointed Artistic Advisor at Large to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

His more than 100 albums (including 18 Grammy Award winners) reflect wide-ranging interests. All of his recent albums have quickly entered the Billboard chart of classical best sellers, remaining in the Top 15 for extended periods, often with as many as four titles simultaneously on the list.

He has received numerous awards, among them the Avery Fisher Prize (1978), the National Medal of Arts (2001) and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2010). He is currently serving as a UN Messenger of Peace and as a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts & the Humanities. He has performed for eight American presidents, most recently at the invitation of President Obama on the occasion of the 56th Inauguration Ceremony.

He plays a 1733 Montagnana cello from Venice and the 1712 Davidoff Stradivarius.

H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahyan
UAE Minister of Culture & Knowledge Development 

Please join us for Abu Dhabi Festival 2017, the largest celebration of arts and culture in the Arabian Gulf. For its 14th edition, the Festival’s country of honour is its neighbour Saudi Arabia, commemorating the might of Arabic culture.

With over 100 events presented across the capital and the country, this year’s festival hosts a fusion of outstanding UAE creativity and exceptional international performers from as far afield as China, Spain and the United States – a testament to the power of cultural exchange as a route to tolerance.

Welcome to an enriching, extraordinary and eclectic experience.

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