Move to Steamboat: Michael Sachs named new music director for Strings Music Festival


Principal trumpet for the Cleveland Orchestra, Michael Sachs has been named the Strings Music Festival’s new music director. Sachs is taking over for longtime co-directors Andres Cardenes and Monique Mead and will begin in fall 2014 with concerts kicking off in summer 2015.


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Michael Sachs was named as Steamboat Strings Music Festival's new director.

“He has been in one of finest orchestras in the world for over 20 years,” Strings Executive Director Kay Clagett says. “The connections and people he’s played with are some of the finest chamber musicians in the world.” Clagett adds that Sachs’ contacts in the music world, specifically in brass, will allow Strings to put on different yet high-caliber performances.

Sachs says he wants to build on Strings’ success and bring several new ideas to the festival, as well. “Strings has a terrific combination of all the ingredients for a very successful festival,” says Sachs, whose wife, harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, also has played at the festival several times. “Steamboat’s really a special place and I relish the opportunity to spend this type of time in Colorado.”


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