The Silk Road Ensemble is a collective of internationally renowned performers and composers from more than 20 countries who collaborate on a diverse range of musical and multimedia projects, presenting innovative performances that spring from Eastern and Western traditions and contemporary musical crossroads.

The Ensemble first came together under the artistic direction of Yo-Yo Ma at a workshop at Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts in 2000. In sharing traditions from various cultures, the Ensemble develops and performs new music and multimedia pieces, exploring and expanding contemporary musical crossroads. They have performed to critical acclaim throughout Asia, Europe and North America, and have recorded five albums; Off the Map, its most recent, was nominated for a Grammy® Award for Best Classical Crossover Album in 2011.

The Silk Road Project is an internationally minded nonprofit arts, cultural and educational organization. Under Yo-Yo Ma’s artistic direction, the Project promotes collaboration, innovation and learning through the arts. The Project presents performances by the Silk Road Ensemble, engages in cross-cultural exchanges, leads workshops for students and partners with prominent cultural institutions to create educational programs. The Project has been involved in commissioning and performing nearly 70 new musical and multimedia works from composers and arrangers around the world.

The Silk Road Ensemble last performed for La Jolla Music Society in SummerFest on August 6, 2005.

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