Silkroad Musicians

When we create music together, we listen to our differences, connecting and creating meaning from them. The musicians of the Grammy Award-winning Silkroad Ensemble represent dozens of nationalities and artistic traditions, 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 Silkroad’s passion-driven learning programs, create residencies in schools, museums, and communities of all sizes, and experiment with new media, genres, and partners to share Silkroad’s approach to radical cultural collaboration.

The Ensemble performs throughout the world, and has recorded six albums. Its Grammy Award-winning album, Sing Me Home, was developed and recorded alongside the 2016 documentary feature about Silkroad, The Music of Strangers.




Siamak Aghaei, santur (Iran)

Edward Arroncello (USA)

Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz, oud, bass (USA)

Shawn Conleybass (USA)

Gevorg Dabaghyan, duduk (Armenia)

Joel Fanpiano (USA)

Patrick Farrellaccordion (USA)

Khongorzul Ganbaatar, urtiin duu (Mongolia)

Mario Gotoh, viola (Japan, USA)

He Cui, sheng (China)

Hu Jianbing, sheng (China)

John Hadfield, percussion (USA)

Ben Haggartystorytelling (UK)

Rauf Islamov, kamancheh (Azerbaijan)

Siamak Jahangiry, ney (Iran)

Ji Hyun Kim, kayagum, vocals (Korea)

You-Young Kim, viola (Korea)

Balla Kouyate, balafon (Mali)

Li Hui, pipa (China)

Liu Lin, ruan, guitar (China)

Shaw Pong Liuviolin (USA)

Ali Asgar Mammadov, tar (Azerbaijan)

Max Mandel, viola (Canada)

Gulia Mashurova, harp (Kazakhstan)

Jessie Montgomery, violin (USA)

Edward Perez, bass (USA)

Alim Qasimov, mugham vocals (Azerbaijan)

Fargana Qasimova, mugham vocals (Azerbaijan)

Bassam Saba, oud, nay (Lebanon)

Michael Ward-Bergemanaccordion (USA)

Michi Wiancko, violin (USA)

Alastair Willisconductor (USA)

Yang Wei, pipa (China)

Betti Xiangerhu (China)

DaXun Zhangbass (China)

Lev ‘Ljova’ Zhurbin, viola (Russia)

Evan Ziporyn, clarinet (USA)


Rabih Abou-Khalil (Lebanon)

Christopher Adler (USA)

Franghiz Ali-Zadeh (Azerbaijan)

David Bruce (UK/USA)

Gabriela Lena Frank (USA)

Osvaldo Golijov (Argentina)

Vijay Iyer (USA)

Jia Daqun (China)

Jeeyoung Kim (Korea)

Glenn Kotche (USA)

Angel Lam (Hong Kong)

Alisher Latif-Zadeh (Tajikistan)

Edward Perez (USA)

Michael Ward-Bergeman (USA)

Lev ‘Ljova’ Zhurbin (Russia)

Evan Ziporyn (USA)