Michael Sachs joined The Cleveland Orchestra as Principal Trumpet in 1988.  Since then, he has been frequently featured as soloist with the orchestra including the world premieres of John Williams’ Concerto for Trumpet, Michael Hersch’s Night Pieces for Trumpet and Orchestra, and Matthias Pintscher’s Chute d’Etoiles, as well as the United States premiere of Hans Werner Henze’s Requiem.
Along with his active performance schedule, Mr. Sachs serves as Chairman of the Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion Division, and Head of the Trumpet Department, at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Since 2015, Michael Sachs serves each summer as Music Director of Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. He is the author of Daily Fundamentals for the Trumpet and Mahler: Symphonic Works, Complete Trumpet Parts, both published by International Music Company, as well as 14 Duets for Trumpet and Trombone, co-authored with Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic Joseph Alessi published by Carl Fischer Music. His most recent project, The Orchestral Trumpet, a 176-page comprehensive book and CD overview of standard orchestral trumpet repertoire. Mr. Sachs was also extensively involved in the planning of the National Brass Ensemble concert, recording, and DVD project for June 2014 involving music of Gabrieli, Copland, and a new work by John Williams. This project featured principal members of The Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco Symphonies, and New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic brass sections.
Prior to joining The Cleveland Orchestra, Mr. Sachs was a member of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, where he also served on the faculty of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.
Originally from Los Angeles, Michael Sachs attended UCLA, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History before attending The Juilliard School of Music. His former teachers include Mark Gould, Anthony Plog, and James Stamp.