About Silkroad

Yo-Yo Ma conceived Silkroad in 1998 as a reminder that even as rapid globalization resulted in division, it brought extraordinary possibilities for working together. Seeking to understand this dynamic, he began to learn about the historical Silk Road, recognizing in it a model for productive cultural collaboration, for the exchange of ideas and tradition alongside commerce and innovation. And in a radical experiment, he brought together musicians from the lands of the Silk Road to co-create a new artistic idiom, a musical language founded in difference, a metaphor for the benefits of a more connected world.

Today, these Grammy Award-winning artists seek and practice radical cultural collaboration in many forms, creating and presenting new music, teacher and musician training workshops, and residency programs in schools, museums, and communities.

Silkroad has recorded seven albums. Sing Me Home, which won the 2016 Grammy for Best World Music Album was developed and recorded alongside the documentary feature The Music of Strangers, from Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville.

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Board of Directors

Golnar Khosrowshahi


Faith Raiguel


Eduardo A. Braniff

Ex Officio

Isabelle Hunter


Prince Amyn Aga Khan

Jonathan Bays

Gerry Cardinale

Ophelia Dahl

Rohit Deshpande

Catherine Gevers

LaVon Kellner

Diann Kim

Nicholas Ma

Lori Samuels

Diana Sorensen

Paul Stebbins

Founding Board

Milo Beach

Merton Flemings

Judy Goldberg

Jill Hornor

Ted Levin

Yo-Yo Ma

Anne Peretz

Elizabeth ten Grotenhuis

Staff & Artistic Leadership

Jeffrey Beecher

Co-Artistic Director

Eduardo A Braniff

Executive Director

Nicholas Cords

Co-Artistic Director

Hannah Dardashti

Silkroad Associate

Liz Keller-Tripp

Artistic Administrator

Yo-Yo Ma


Ben Mandelkern

Director of Communications

Cristina Pato

Learning Advisor

Shane Shanahan

Co-Artistic Director

Jessica Shuttleworth

Digital Content Manager

Ed Sweeney


Lori Taylor

Director of Learning


Aaron Copp

Production Manager/Lighting Designer

Jody Elff

Sound Designer

Timothy Grassel

Company Manager

Lisa Porter

Stage Manager

Elijah Walker

Monitor Engineer

Annual Reports


Please note that we do not have any openings for musicians to tour with the Silkroad Ensemble. We still always enjoy getting to know new artists and welcome you to share your work with us at hello@silkroad.org. While we cannot reply to every inquiry, we will keep your information on file.


175 North Harvard Street
Boston, MA 02134

+1 (617) 496-8888

To book the Silkroad Ensemble:
Opus 3 Artists
+1 (212) 584-7500

For rights to Silkroad Ensemble recorded music:
Sony BMG Masterworks
World Village: Harmonia Mundi