Matt Walker performs encore with Yo-Yo Ma in Nashville

Matt Walker performs encore with Yo-Yo Ma in Nashville

Nashville, October 1, 2014

As an encore to his performance of the Elgar concerto with the Nashville Symphony, Yo-Yo Ma called composer and NSO cellist Matt Walker to the front of the stage, to deliver a performance of Walker’s  “Yo-Yo Joe”. The piece is a cello duo that Matt wrote at the request of Toronto Symphony cellist Joe Johnson last year.

Matt & Ma

The two cellists rehearsed the piece that same afternoon during the break at the sole rehearsal with Mr. Ma. “What a dream for me to get to do this with such an icon in the cello world,” Matt understated.

The performance was reviewed on Arts Nashville’s site:

Music Review: At NSO concert, Yo-Yo Ma shines in the music of Edward Elgar and Matt Walker