Jill Hornor is an art consultant who has achieved celebrity status thanks to her marriage to legendary Chinese cellist and songwriter, YO-YO-Ma. The two have been married for more than four decades since 1978.
Although Hornor has been interested in music since she was a young girl and has done some little works in that regard, she has not become famous for it, but rather as the wife of Yo-Yo Ma. She used to be a violinist, learn more about her below.
Jill Hornor Biography
It was on October 2, 1953, that Jill Hornor was born. Of mixed race, she was brought up in different parts of the world including Europe where she spent many years. As a child growing up. Jill had always loved music and was fascinated by it. This pushed her into learning to play the violin.
For her education, Hornor went to Mount Holyoke High School. While she was there, she joined the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra for which she played the violin.
She would go to Paris for her junior year before graduating from Mount Holyoke. Next, she proceeded to Cornwell University where she graduated with a degree in German literature.
Jill Hornor was brought up in a family of mixed ethnicity. In fact, her husband would later state that it was probably one of the things that attracted them to each other as he was also brought up in a similar setting.
Before starting her family with Ma, the couple first met when she was in her sophomore year at Mount Holyoke High School. Yo-Yo Ma was a 16-year-old kid at the time. He was at the Marlboro Festival the summer before he entered Harvard, and it was there that he first met Hornor. The two became acquainted and Ma fell for her because like him, she was raised in two cultures and she was interested in what his thoughts were.
Because of the distance between them, Ma courted his wife via mail and phone and they remained together until a year after he graduated from Harvard and then they got married in 1978. They spent the next three years after they got married in Cambridge, Leverett House where Jill Hornor tutored German while Ma was artist-in-residence. Many years later, the couple is still very much together and in love.
Their marriage has been blessed with two children, Emily Hornor Ma and Nicholas Ma who is the oldest of the two. He is a film producer, writer, and director popular for works such as Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (2018) and Echoes (2017). On the other hand, Emily works as an associate at the New York law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
A graduated from Harvard, Emily got married in 2014 to investment banker John Mistovich who also graduated from Harvard. Their wedding held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lenox, Massachusetts. Emily did not allow her father to perform at the ceremony which was graced by 300 guests including friends and family. According to her, all she wanted him to be on that day was just her father and not an artist.
Jill Hornor and her husband now live in Cambridge where she works as an arts consultant while her husband continues his music and works as an artistic director of the Silk Road Ensemble.
Things To Know About Yo-Yo Ma’s Wife
1. Her husband (Yo-Yo Ma): A very charming and highly talented individual, Ma was born in Paris, France, in 1955. The Chinese-American cellist got his education from the Juilliard School as well as from Harvard University. He was considered a child prodigy thanks to his talent as a soloist. Ma began his career in 1961 and many decades later, he is still active professionally. His career has been decorated with 18 Grammy Awards, National Medal of Arts, and Presidential Medal of Freedom among many others.
Yo has more than 90 albums to his name and has collaborated with various artists through the years.
2. Jill is also into the clothing business: Hornor has been said to have her own clothing business. However, there is hardly any serious information to that effect.
3. Net Worth: Jill Hornor has been estimated to have a net worth of $2 million as of 2019. She came by her fortune from her work as a consultant. On his part, Yo-Yo Ma has a 25 million US dollar net worth.