The U.S. cellist Yo-Yo Ma was awarded Sunday with the Grand Prix Cubadisco Honor, at the VI Chamber Music Festival Leo Brouwer in Havana.
The award was given to the cellist by Leo Brouwer himself. The Grand Prix Cubadisco Honor is the highest honor of the most important event of the Cuban music industry.
Yo-Yo Ma played Sunday at the Marti Theater alongside with the Mexican cellist, Carlos Prieto; the Brasil Guitar Duo (Joao Rezende and Douglas Lora) and the Spanish guitarist Ricardo Gallén.
Ma, Prieto and the Brazilian guitarists played for the first time the piece, “The Arc and the Lyre,” composed by Brouwer. Before, the cellists played a suite written by the Mexican, Samuel Zyman, especially composed for the occasion.
At the end of the event, Miguel Barnet, President of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC), granted Yo-Yo Ma a second award, the Harold Gramatges Award for his outstanding cellist career.
Ma, Chinese descent, is considered one of the best cellists in the world. He has won many Awards including several Grammys.
Leo Brouwer is one of the most important Cuban composers.