A new way of thinking is possible, a new consciousness — perhaps a new enlightenment — that brings the arts and science back together.
Yo-Yo Ma

About Silkroad

Inspired by the exchange of ideas and traditions along the historical Silk Road, cellist Yo-Yo Ma established Silkroad in 1998 to explore how the arts can advance global understanding.

Silkroad works to connect the world through the arts, presenting musical performances and learning programs, and fostering radical cultural collaboration around the world.

Since 2000, the musicians of the Grammy Award-winning Silk Road Ensemble have been central to Silkroad’s mission. Under the artistic direction of Yo-Yo Ma and representing a global array of cultures, the Ensemble models new forms of cultural exchange through performances, workshops, and residencies. The artists of the Ensemble draw on the rich tapestry of traditions from around the world that make up our many-layered contemporary identities, weaving together the foreign and familiar to create a new musical language.

If you want to change the world, you have to make a little noise. Join us.

Vision and Mission


Silkroad at Harvard

Silkroad has been affiliated with Harvard University since 2005, with offices on Harvard’s Allston campus since 2010. At the University, Silkroad encourages dialogue among artists and musicians, educators and entrepreneurs. Through mentorships and workshops, Silkroad acts as a working laboratory at the intersection of the arts and academics, collaborating across disciplines with Harvard faculty and students.

Partnerships are ongoing with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Office for the Arts, Graduate School of Education, Harvard Business School, the Harvard Innovation Lab, among others. Each summer, Silkroad and Harvard Graduate School of Education co-present an institute for artists and educators from around the world on The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning.

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

Diana Sorensen

Staff & Artistic Leadership

Cristin Canterbury Bagnall

Director of Artistic and Learning Programs

Jeffrey Beecher

Engagement Advisor

Eduardo A. Braniff

Executive Director

Nicholas Cords

Concert Programming Chair

Liz Keller-Tripp

Artistic Administrator

Yo-Yo Ma

Artistic Director and Founder

Ben Mandelkern

Director of Communications

Cristina Pato

Learning Advisor

Shane Shanahan

Learning Advisor

Jessica Shuttleworth

Digital Content Manager

Ed Sweeney


Lori Taylor

Learning Specialist

Annual Reports

We are pleased to share our annual reports — reviews of the most recent fiscal year in stories, pictures, and videos.

FY16 Annual Report: 2015 - 2016

FY15 Annual Report: 2014 – 2015

FY14 Annual Report: 2013 – 2014

FY13 Annual Report: 2012 – 2013

FY12 Annual Report: 2011 – 2012

FY11 Annual Report: 2010 – 2011

Silkroad Partners

Silkroad (The Silk Road Project, Inc.) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization supported by individuals, foundations, and corporations. We are deeply grateful to the institutional partners whose generous support enables us to promote innovation, learning, and cross-cultural understanding around the world.


Please note that we do not have any openings for musicians to tour with the Silk Road Ensemble. We still always enjoy getting to know new artists and welcome you to share your work with us at info@silkroadproject.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 Silk Road Ensemble:
Opus 3 Artists
+1 (212) 584-7500

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