The Silk Road Ensemble

The Silk Road Ensemble draws together distinguished performers and composers from more than 20 countries in Asia, Europe and the Americas. Since the Ensemble formed under the artistic direction of Yo-Yo Ma in 2000, these innovative artists have eagerly explored contemporary musical crossroads.

Their approach is experimental and democratic, founded on collaboration and risk taking, on continual learning and sharing. Members explore and celebrate the multiplicity of approaches to music from around the world. They also develop new repertoire that responds to the multicultural reality of our global society.

The Silk Road Ensemble has performed to critical acclaim throughout Asia, Europe and North America and has  recorded five albums. The most recent, Off the Map, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2011.


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