About Us

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
Chair

Faith Raiguel
Treasurer

Eduardo A Braniff
Ex Officio

Isabelle Hunter
Clerk

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 AND ARTISTIC LEADERSHIP

Jeffrey Beecher
Co-Artistic Director

Eduardo A Braniff
Executive Director

Nicholas Cords
Co-Artistic Director

Hannah Dardashti
Silkroad Associate

Liz Keller-Tripp
Producer and Artistic Programs Director

Yo-Yo Ma
Founder

Ben Mandelkern
Director of Communications

Cristina Pato
Learning Advisor

Shane Shanahan
Co-Artistic Director

Jessica Shuttleworth
Manager of Digital

Ed Sweeney
Comptroller

Lori Taylor
Director of Learning

 

PRODUCTION

Aaron Copp
Production Manager/Lighting Designer

Jody Elff
Sound Designer

Timothy Grassel
Company Manager

Lisa Porter
Stage Manager

Elijah Walker
Monitor Engineer

 

CONTACT

Silkroad
175 North Harvard Street
Boston, MA 02134
USA

hello@silkroad.org
+1 (617) 496-8888

 

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