Michael Sachs is the Principal Trumpet of The Cleveland Orchestra, having joined in 1988. His impressive career includes solo performances with the Orchestra, featuring world premieres like John Williams’s Concerto for Trumpet and Michael Hersch’s Night Pieces. Sachs has showcased his artistry in diverse works, from Handel and Copland to the recent performance of Hummel's Trumpet Concerto in 2019. Beyond orchestral engagements, he is an influential educator, teaching at Northwestern University.
Sachs's impact extends globally, with his involvement in leading summer festivals and as a clinician for Conn-Selmer. As a respected author, his books include "Daily Fundamentals for the Trumpet" and "The Orchestral Trumpet," offering valuable resources for trumpet players. His commitment to advancing trumpet design is evident in his role in creating new Bach trumpet models.
In addition to his musical contributions, Sachs serves as the music director of Strings Music Festival in Colorado and played a key role in the National Brass Ensemble project in 2014. This project featured principal members from major symphony orchestras and included a new work by John Williams.
Originally from Los Angeles, Sachs's journey includes time with the Houston Symphony and studies at the Juilliard School. His dedication to performance, education, and instrument development makes him a significant figure in the world of trumpet playing.