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Yo-Yo Ma with Colin Jacobsen


Postcards from the Road
Our Postcards from the Road include photos from Silk Road Ensemble travels and performances, backstage moments and rehearsal shots like this photo of Yo-Yo Ma with Silk Road Ensemble violinist Colin Jacobsen.

"We have developed a bond of mutual respect, friendship and trust that is palpable every time we're on stage."


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.

name country instrument
Siamak Aghaei Iran santur
Edward Arron United States cello
Kinan Azmeh Syria clarinet
Jeffrey Beecher United States contrabass
Mike Block United States cello
Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz United States oud, bass
Nicholas Cords United States viola
Gevorg Dabaghyan Armenia duduk
Sandeep Das India tabla
Hadi Eldebek Lebanon oud
Joel Fan United States piano
Haruka Fujii
Johnny Gandelsman Israel/Russia violin
Joseph Gramley United States percussion
John Hadfield  United States percussion
Ben Haggarty United Kingdom storyteller
He Cui China sheng
Hu Jianbing China sheng, bawu
Rauf Islamov Azerbaijan kamancheh
Colin Jacobsen United States violin
Eric Jacobsen United States cello
Siamak Jahangiry Iran ney
Kayhan Kalhor Iran kamancheh
Khongorzul Ganbaatar Mongolia urtiin duu (longsong)
Dong-Won Kim Korea Korean percussion, vocals
Ji Hyun Kim Korea kayagum, vocals
You-Young Kim Korea viola
Li Hui China pipa
Liu Lin China ruan, guitar
Yo-Yo Ma United States cello, morin khuur
Ali Asgar Mammadov Azerbaijan tar
Max Mandel Canada viola
Gulia Mashurova Kazakhstan harp
Kevork Mourad Syria/Armenia visual artist
Cristina Pato Spain gaita, piano
Alim Qasimov Azerbaijan mugham vocals
Fargana Qasimova Azerbaijan mugham vocals
Bassam Saba Lebanon oud, nay
Shane Shanahan United States percussion
Mark Suter Switzerland/United States percussion
Kojiro Umezaki Japan shakuhachi
Wu Man China pipa
Wu Tong China sheng, bawu, suona, vocals
Betti Xiang China erhu
Yang Wei China pipa
DaXun Zhang China contrabass
name country
Rabih Abou-Khalil Lebanon
Christopher Adler United States 
Siamak Aghaei Iran
Franghiz Ali-Zadeh Azerbaijan
Jeffrey Beecher United States
Shanir Blumenkranz United States
David Bruce United Kingdom/United States
Sandeep Das India
Gabriela Lena Frank United States
Haruka Fujii Japan
Osvaldo Golijov Argentina
Joseph Gramley United States
Colin Jacobsen United States
Jia Daqun China
Vijay Iyer United States
Kayhan Kalhor Iran
Dong-Won Kim Korea
Jeeyoung Kim Korea
Glenn Kotche United States
Angel Lam Hong Kong
Alisher Latif-Zadeh Tajikistan
Nurlanbek Nyshanov Kyrgyzstan
Cristina Pato Spain
Bassam Saba Lebanon
Sangidorj Sansargereltech Mongolia
Shane Shanahan United States
Vache Sharafyan Armenia
Byambasuren Sharav Mongolia
Giovanni Sollima Italy
Christine Southworth United States
Mark Suter Switzerland/United States
Kojiro Umezaki Japan/United States
Michael Ward-Bergeman United States
Wu Man China
Wu Tong China
Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky Uzbekistan
Zhao Jiping China
Zhao Lin China
Lev Zhurbin (Ljova) Russia
Evan Ziporyn United States

Silk Road Ensemble Leadership

A rotating Leadership Council provides artistic direction of the Silk Road Ensemble.