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Artistic Director and cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Silk Road Ensemble member Sandeep Das.

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Artistic Director and cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Silk Road Ensemble member Sandeep Das. Retreats and workshops provide an opportunity for Silk Road Ensemble members to collaborate on new approaches and learn from each other's musical traditions.


Jeff Beecher

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"One of the best things about working with Yo-Yo is his uncanny sense of challenge. He'll go right to your most insecure area and say, 'Do it.' But that's what makes life exciting."

- JEFFREY BEECHER


Jeffrey Beecher

Contrabass, composer (United States) Jeffrey Beecher pursues a varied musical career as both an energetic performer and educator. Currently principal bass player with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Beecher has performed with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, and the Orchestra of St. Luke's.

An active chamber musician, Beecher has enjoyed performing at such venues as Bargemusic, Weill Recital Hall, Zankel Hall, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the 92st Y, and Merkin Hall. He has also performed at numerous festivals including the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, the Salt Bay Chamber Festival, and the Marlboro Music Festival.

Beecher is also a regular member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble. He tours frequently with the Ensemble, performing in the major venues of North America as well as in Azerbaijan, Israel, Malaysia, Japan, and India. Beecher has participated as a mentor along with other members of the Silk Road Ensemble in the Weill Institute Professional Training Workshops at Carnegie Hall. He appears on the most recent Silk Road Ensemble's album, Off the Map.

He currently serves on the faculties of the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto.

Beecher began his musical education in New York where he attended the Juilliard School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. He completed his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music with Harold Robinson and Edgar Meyer. Beecher recently composed and produced music for an internationally broadcast television show entitled Travels to the Edge with Art Wolfe. He plays on a double bass made by Giovanni Battista Rogeri made in Brescia, Italy in 1690.