Peter Gelb

Haydn, Dvorak, and Tchaikovsky made him famous, but more recently, he has indulged in the world of Tango and film music. 42-year-old Yo-Yo Ma is one of the most-demanded cellist of our day. Now he is returning to a classical standard work -- solo suites by Bach. Included with the recording is a video showing beautiful gardens, decorative buildings, and figure skating performances. Yo-Yo Ma is the flagship of a marketing strategy that is led by the record company Sony Classical. Its president, Peter Gelb, systematically selects musicians he dares to revive a sluggish CD market, and success seems to prove him right. Since he took over the label three years ago, Sony places hit after hit in the Billboard Classical charts. Georg Hirsch met Peter Gelb in New York.

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