Exclusive: Yo Yo Ma fills in for sick orchestral cellist

Exclusive: Yo Yo Ma fills in for sick orchestral cellist


norman lebrecht

May 02, 2015

A correspondent in Vancouver reports:

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On Friday night (May 1) Yo-Yo Ma filled in for a cellist in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra who threw out his back.

It is not unheard of for Yo-Yo to join the section after he plays the concerto, but in this case, he played in the cello section in the first half of the concert, and then performed the Dvorak Concerto in the second half.

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During the extended ovation, Yo Yo took a selfie with conductor Bramwell Tovey.



  • Olaugh Turchev says:

    Exclusive??? LOL
    It’s on the orchestra Facebook page for all to see.

  • V.Lind says:

    Yo-Yo rocks.

  • Stereo says:

    Many years ago Zukerman played in the 1st violins in the 2nd half when I was in the RLPO.

  • Peter Phillips says:

    Apparently, Kreisler would sometimes play on the back desk of the firsts before performing the concerto item.

    • MacroV says:

      Supposedly Kreisler also said he would constantly get lost; playing in an orchestra is a different skill than playing solo.

  • Matthew B. Tepper says:

    I’m reminded of the occasion in Norwich when a bride found out at the last minute that the pianist hired for her wedding was stuck in traffic in London and couldn’t get there. Somebody made a phone call, and a substitute was found, who played all the music for the ceremony. That substitute was … Bramwell Tovey.

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  • Rui says:

    LOL on International Worker’s Day, he is great!