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Michael Sachs

Michael Sachs Photograph by Roger Mastroianni

Principal Trumpet
Robert and Eunice Podis Weiskopf Endowed Chair

Principal Cornet
Mary Elizabeth and G. Robert Klein Endowed Chair

The Cleveland Orchestra

Michael Sachs joined The Cleveland Orchestra as principal trumpet in 1988. Frequently featured as soloist with the Orchestra, he has performed the world premiere of John Williams’s Concerto for Trumpet and the United States and New York premieres of Hans Werner Henze’s Requiem. Mr. Sachs has appeared as guest soloist with United States and international orchestras and chamber groups, including the Houston Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Auckland (New Zealand) Philharmonia, Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra (Ostrava, Czech Republic), and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. His April 2005 recital of music for trumpet and organ with Todd Wilson was recorded and released on a CD titled Live from Severance Hall by the Musical Arts Association.

Mr. Sachs serves as chairman of the brass division and head of the trumpet department at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He regularly presents masterclasses and workshops at conservatories and major universities throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, as a clinician for the Conn-Selmer Company (makers of Bach trumpets). Mr. Sachs is the author of Daily Fundamentals for the Trumpet and Mahler: Symphonic Works, Complete Trumpet Parts (published by Carl Fischer Music), as well as 14 Duets for Trumpet and Trombone, co-authored with Joseph Alessi, principal trombone of the New York Philharmonic. Mr. Sachs has recently been involved in the acoustic design and play testing for the creation of the new Artisan line of Bach Stradivarius trumpets.

Prior to joining The Cleveland Orchestra, Michael Sachs was a member of the Houston Symphony, where he also served on the faculty of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Originally from Los Angeles, Mr. Sachs holds a bachelor of arts degree in history from UCLA with additional studies at the Juilliard School. His former teachers include Mark Gould, Anthony Plog, and James Stamp.
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