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in 1998 by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who serves as its artistic director, Silkroad
seeks to promote cross-cultural understanding, learning, and innovation through
the arts. Much of Silkroad’s work is led by the Silk Road Ensemble, an
international collective of musicians that performs around the world modeling
new forms of cultural exchange through music and performance. The Ensemble has
recorded six albums and is featured in a 2016 documentary by Oscar-winning
director Morgan Neville, The Music of
Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. Silkroad’s programmatic
activities have featured partnerships with NYC public schools, Harvard Business
School, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the American Museum of
Natural History, the Getty Museum of Art, and others. Silkroad’s work has been
recognized by numerous organizations including the U.S. Center for Citizen
Diplomacy and the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Today,
Silkroad’s worldwide audience continues to expand and the organization is
poised for significant programmatic growth.