Comprised of a new generation of cellists who are united in having studied with the great mentor and artist Ralph Kirshbaum, SAKURA is a Los Angeles-based cello ensemble with five core members: Jonathan Dormand, Michael Kaufman, Yoshika Masuda, Peter Myers, and Sarah Rommel. The ensemble is flexible in design, expanding or contracting in size from four to twelve cellists depending on the nature of the program and the venue. Its repertoire spans eight centuries, from 14th-century motets to newly-commissioned 21st-century works and everything in between. Drawing from this rich heritage, eclectic and unexpected programs are constructed around conceptual threads, with an overarching commitment to opening new vistas of beauty and expression by showcasing the great warmth and scope offered by the sound of many cellos.

This season’s highlights include the West Coast Premiere of Olli Mustonen’s work Triptych for 3 cellos and a performance of Brett Dean’s Twelve Angry Men in Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival.

SAKURA is built on the artistry and virtuosity of its members, with each cellist taking solo roles in turn. The group operates as a true chamber ensemble, rehearsing extensively and distilling its interpretations through time.

The ensemble is named in honor of Ralph Kirshbaum: 桜 sakura (Japanese) and Kirschbaum (German) have the same meaning (cherry tree).

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