Michael Sachs has served as principal trumpet of the Cleveland Orchestra since 1988. Frequently featured as a soloist with the Orchestra, he has also appeared as guest soloist with the Houston Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Auckland (New Zealand) Philharmonia, Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic), and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Sachs currently serves as head of the trumpet department at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has taught at the Aspen Music Festival, Blekinge International Brass Academy, Domaine Forget, Grand Tetons Music Festival, National Brass Symposium, and National Orchestral Institute, and he regularly presents masterclasses at conservatories and major universities throughout the world. He is the author of several books, including Daily Fundamentals for the Trumpet, Mahler: Symphonic Works Complete Trumpet Parts, 14 Duets for Trumpet and Trombone (with Joseph Alessi), and The Orchestral Trumpet.
Sachs was previously a member of the Houston Symphony as well as a faculty member of Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from UCLA prior to attending the Juilliard School.