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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. His many performances as soloist with the Orchestra include the world premieres of John Williams’s Concerto for Trumpet and Michael Hersch’s Night Pieces for trumpet and orchestra (both commissioned by the Orchestra for Mr. Sachs), the United States and New York premieres of Hans Werner Henze’s Requiem, and, in 2012, the world premiere of Mat­thias Pintscher’s Chute d’Étoiles, conducted by Franz Wel­ser-Möst at the Lucerne Festival.  In 2016, he soloed in works by Handel and Mozart.

Mr. Sachs serves as chairman of the brass division and head of the trumpet department at the Cleveland Institute of Music.  In addition to serving as a faculty member of leading summer festivals — including the Aspen Music Festival, Blekinge International Brass Academy, Domaine Forget, Grand Tetons Music Festival, National Brass Symposium, and National Orchestral Institute — he presents masterclasses and workshops at conservatories and major universities throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia as a clinician for Conn-Selmer (maker of Bach trumpets).  At the invitation of Sir Georg Solti, he served as principal trumpet and instructor for the Solti Orchestral Project at Carnegie Hall.

Mr. Sachs has also 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 by the Musical Arts Association on an album titled Live from Severance Hall .

He is the author of several books, including Daily Fundamentals for the Trumpet, Mahler: Symphonic Works Complete Trumpet Parts, 14 Duets for Trumpet and Trombone (with Joseph Alessi), and The Orchestral Trumpet, a 176-page comprehensive book and CD overview of standard orchestral trumpet repertoire.  Mr. Sachs has also been extensively involved in the acoustic design and play testing for the creation of the new Artisan line of Bach Stradivarius trumpets.

In January 2014, Michael Sachs was named music director of Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, beginning with the summer season in 2015.  Mr. Sachs was also involved in the planning of the National Brass Ensemble concert, recording, and DVD project in 2014, which featured music of Gabrieli, Copland, and a new work composed for this event by John Williams. This project featured principal members of the brass sections of the symphony orchestras of Cleveland, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.

Before coming to Cleveland, Mr. Sachs was a member of the Houston Symphony as well as a faculty member of Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Originally from Los Angeles, Michael Sachs earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from UCLA prior to attending the Juilliard School.  His former teachers include Mark Gould, Anthony Plog, and James Stamp. 
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Updated:  2016