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American cellist Yo-Yo Ma gave a concert at the Martí Theater of Havana as part of the VI Chamber Music Festival Leo Brouwer. The concert was shared with the Mexican cellist Carlos Prieto, a duo of guitars from Brazil and Spanish guitarist Ricardo Gallen. 

Yo-Yo Ma received the Grand Prix Cubadisco Honor, the highest honor of the most important event of the Cuban music industry which was given to him from Leo Brouwer’s own hands. Ma and Prieto expressed joy at the opportunity to participate in the Sixth Chamber Music Festival Leo Brouwer and chose a piece of this composer to close the show.

The president of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (Uneac), Miguel Barnet, went to the scene at the end in the company of conductor and composer Guido Lopez Gavilan to grant Ma with Harold Gramatges Award.

The artist of Chinese parents was a child prodigy and is considered one of the best cellists in the world with numerous awards, including several Grammy. His repertoire ranges from classical compositions to contemporary pieces by Astor Piazzolla and modern minimalism of Philip Glass.

Source: OnCuba

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