Michael Sachs joined The Cleveland Orchestra as principal trumpet in 1988 and is recognized internationally as a leading soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, teacher, author and clinician. Sachs can be heard on over 175 recorded works with The Cleveland Orchestra, including featured performances of Stravinsky's Histoire du Soldat, recorded for Deutsche Gramophone with Pierre Boulez, and Ives' The Unanswered Question, recorded for London/Decca with Christoph von Dohnanyi.


  • BA in history, University of California at Los Angeles
  • Additional studies, Juilliard School of Music
  • Teachers include Mark Gould, Anthony Plog and James Stamp

Teaching Experience

  • Cleveland Institute of Music (1988–present)
  • Conn-Selmer Company (makers of Bach trumpets)
    • Clinician: Regularly presents master classes and workshops at conservatories and major universities throughout the United States, Europe and Asia
  • Shepherd School of Music, Rice University
    • Faculty member