Music: Yo-Yo's Way with the Strings

At 25, Cellist Ma awes critics and colleagues alike

The scene must have looked like something being staged for a Fassbinder movie. The whiz of Volkswagens streaming along the Autobahn slowed down as drivers ogled the spectacle at the side of the road. There sat a Peugeot with a blown-out tire, and perched on a suitcase near by sat a bespectacled Chinese youth serenely playing Haydn on his cello.

"People couldn't believe what they were seeing," recalls Yo-Yo Ma, 25, but to him it was natural. He had a concert in Frankfurt that night, then...

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