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Cellist Yo-Yo Ma to Stand Down as Artistic Director of Silk Road Ensemble

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is set to step down as Artistic Director of the Silk Road Ensemble - after 20 years at its helm

It has been announced today that cellist Yo-Yo Ma is set to step down as Artistic Director of the Silk Road Ensemble, at the end of the current season - after 20 years at its helm.

The world-renowned musical collective of 59 musicians, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers, was founded by the cello virtuoso in 1998 - with the goal of promoting collaboration among artists and institutions, promoting multicultural artistic exchange and studying the ebb and flow of ideas.



“I am thrilled to hand over the artistic direction of Silkroad to Jeffrey Beecher, Nicholas Cords, and Shane Shanshan … three extraordinary colleagues who have taught me so much about collaboration, music and friendship,” Yo-Yo Ma has told The Violin Channel.

“Together with Silkroad’s executive director, Eduardo A. Braniff, these inaugural co-artistic directors will shape the next chapter of Silkroad … bringing the passion and curiosity that we have developed to new communities and inspiring the radical cultural collaboration that is essential to creating a better world,” he has said.

The 62 year old has indicated he will still perform as a musician with the group.

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