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Chicago schoolchildren sitting on risers on the Millennium Park stage and drumming with sticks


Passion-Driven Learning
Chicago schoolchildren participated in The Stone Horse: A Silk Road Journey, a story-concert with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Yo-Yo Ma and members of the Silk Road Ensemble. Students had a hands-on learning experience with different percussion instruments before having a chance to take the stage with professional musicians before an audience of more than 10,000.

Edward Arron


"When I began working with the Silk Road Project, I had spent the prior season playing great German and French music. I had been working so intensely that I was frustrated with the way I was playing. I was searching for new ideas. I arrived at the Silk Road workshop and began playing a piece with Nasriden Ruziev, who played eleven different instruments that I had never encountered before, and the composer didn't speak a word of English and he was so passionate he was screaming at me. But his music really spoke to me. It created a picture and history of places I'd never been. Suddenly, I felt so liberated."


Edward Arron

Cello (United States) Edward Arron is rapidly gaining recognition worldwide for his elegant musicianship, impassioned performances, and creative programming. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Arron made his New York recital debut in 2000 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Earlier that year, he performed Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos with Yo-Yo Ma and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at the Opening Night Gala of the Caramoor International Festival. Since that time, Arron has appeared in recital, as a soloist with orchestra, and as a chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

The 2008-2009 season marks Arron’s sixth season as the artistic coordinator of the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert, a chamber ensemble created in 2003 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Museum’s prestigious Concerts and Lectures series. Arron is also the artistic director of the Caramoor Virtuosi and of the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival in Summit County, Colorado. For four seasons, he was the artistic administrator and resident performer for WQXR’s On A-I-R series, a weekly radio program in New York dedicated to chamber music.

Arron has performed numerous times at Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Halls, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Halls, New York’s Town Hall, and the 92nd Street Y, and is a frequent performer at Bargemusic. Past summer festival appearances include Ravinia, Salzburg, Mostly Mozart, BRAVO! Colorado, Tanglewood, Bridgehampton, Spoleto USA, Santa Fe, the North Country Chamber Players, the Chamber Music Conference of the East, and Isaac Stern’s Jerusalem Chamber Music Encounters. Arron is currently a member of the Silk Road Ensemble and MOSAIC, an ensemble dedicated to contemporary music.

Edward Arron began his studies on the cello at age seven in Cincinnati and, at age ten, moved to New York, where he continued his studies with Peter Wiley. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where he was a student of Harvey Shapiro.

Edward Arron appears on the Silk Road Ensemble’s album When Strangers Meet.