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Why the Silk Road?
The historic Silk Road trade network provides a namesake-worthy metaphor for the Silk Road Project’s vision of connecting artists and audiences around the world. Yo-Yo Ma has called these routes, which resulted in the first global exchange of scientific and cultural traditions, the “Internet of antiquity.” The Silk Road Project takes inspiration from this age-old tradition of cross-cultural exchange.

Mark Suter


"After being with the Ensemble for many years, communication has transcended verbal and written notation, merging into something more whole so that no matter your background, trading ideas is possible."


Mark Suter

Percussion, composer (Switzerland/United States) Percussionist Mark Suter appears as a chamber musician and collaborative artist in both Western classical and world music arenas.

Currently Associate Principal Percussionist with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Mark has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, the Costa Rica National Symphony, the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, Essential Music and various Broadway shows in New York City.

Suter has appeared at the Spoleto Festival USA, Spoleto Festival, Italy, Lincoln Center Festival, Caramoor Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival, and the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival.

Suter has been avidly exploring his love of hand percussion, having studied and performed in Costa Rica, Brazil, Cuba and Kazakhstan. He has performed/toured with Yo Yo Ma, the Assad Brothers, Paquito D'Rivera, Kathryn Stott, Marcelo Zarvos, Dance Brazil, Proteus 7 and the New Power Trio.

He appears on the Silk Road Ensemble's albums When Strangers Meet, Beyond the Horizon, New Impossibilities and Off the Map. He also appears on kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor's Silent City with Brooklyn Rider, released on Harmonia Mundi.

An active clinician, Mark has presented master classes at the Villecroze Academie of Music in Villecroze, France, and as a member of the Silk Road Project, and workshops at the Weill Music Institute in New York City and the TED convention in Monterey, CA.

Currently Mark heads the Percussion department of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore and continues his own studies with Sri D Rajagopal at the Temple of Fine Arts.

Mark studied at the University of Michigan with Michael Udow and Salvator Rabbio and at California State University, Northridge with Brian Kilgore and Luis Conte.