About Silkroad

Founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 1998, Silkroad creates music that engages difference, sparking radical cultural collaboration and passion-driven learning to build a more hopeful world. The musicians of the Grammy Award-winning Silkroad Ensemble represent dozens of artistic traditions and countries, from Spain and Japan to Syria and the United States.

The Ensemble is a musical collective that appears in many configurations and settings, from intimate groups of two and three in museum galleries to rousing complements of eighteen in concert halls, public squares, and amphitheaters. Silkroad musicians are also teachers, producers, and advocates. Off the stage, they lead professional development and musician training workshops, create residency programs in schools, museums, and communities of all sizes, and experiment with new media and genres to share Silkroad’s approach to radical cultural collaboration.

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Board of Directors

Golnar Khosrowshahi


Elizabeth ten Grotenhuis

Vice Chair for Programs

Paul Stebbins


Eduardo A. Braniff

Ex Officio

Isabelle Hunter


Prince Amyn Aga Khan

Jonathan Bays

Gerry Cardinale

Ophelia Dahl

Rohit Deshpande

Merton Flemings

Catherine Gevers

Judy Goldberg

Jill Hornor

Diann Kim

Yo-Yo Ma

Anne Peretz

Lori Samuels

Diana Sorensen

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