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Yo-Yo Ma is a world-famous cellist. Part of his fame may come from the fact that he has been playing the cello for most of his life—since he was four years old. He has spent his life bringing music to people around the world, trying to encourage connections across cultures through music. Ma has recorded more than 90 albums and won more than 18 Grammy awards. Recognizing that Ma is more than a gifted musician, President Barack Obama presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, in 2011. Ma shared some of his thoughts about being an immigrant and how that made him open to new experiences.