Founded in 2000 by Yo-Yo Ma, the Silk Road Ensemble, aims at bringing together musicians from diverse countries all of which are historically linked via the Silk Road. It also carries the goal of encouraging deeper cultural understanding and appreciation.

The ensemble is a collective of internationally renowned performers and composers from around the world, many of whom first came together under the artistic direction of  Yo-Yo Ma at a workshop in 2000.

The ensemble artists have collarborated in a diversity of musically related performances and projects. They have also recorded 5 albums and had performed throughout Asia, Europe and North America.

Under Yo-Yo Ma’s creative direction, the Silk Road Ensemble has performed to critical acclaim throughout Asia, Europe and North America and has recorded five albums.

Apart from exploring uncharted territory on the globe but off the map, the Ensembles’ most recent recording, Off the Map, also includes new music commissioned from some of the most talented contemporary composers.

From October 2008 through September 2010, the Silk Road Ensemble is celebrating its 10th anniversary by performing across three continents.

~ Written by Boon Sin Ler

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