Kyra Saltman - cello

A passionate performer, cellist Kyra Saltman ( is carving a path through Chicago’s exciting freelance music scene and beyond.  In October 2012, she traveled to Muscat, Oman at the invitation of Lorin Maazel to perform La Boheme with the Castleton Festival Orchestra. In recent months, she has appeared with the Erato Chamber Orchestra, Renovo String Orchestra and the University of Illinois at Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She was one of twenty Chicago cellists featured on the Chicago Cello Society’s concert entitled “The Singing Cello” and also performed on the society’s concert of all 21 Duport Etudes.


Recent chamber music appearances include recitals at the St. James Chapel’s Second Sundays at Two Series, the Ravenswood Music Series and at Loveland Academy of Music, and a fellowship at the Three Bridges International Chamber Music Festival in Duluth, Minnesota.


An avid proponent of new music, Kyra is the principal cellist of the Chicago Composers Orchestra and recently joined eighth blackbird and other members of New Music Chicago for a special performance of Terry Riley’s In C at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Additionally, she has collaborated with the Chicago-based series Singers On New Ground (S.O.N.G) and is a frequent performer on many contemporary music programs throughout Chicago. With soprano Samantha Stein, she has presented recitals across the United States exploring contemporary repertoire for soprano and cello.


Orchestral highlights include performances with the Aspen Festival Orchestra, Aspen Opera Theater Orchestra, the Illinois Symphony, Green Bay Symphony, Wisconsin Philharmonic, and the New Millennium Orchestra of Chicago. She has also served as principal cellist of the Chicago College of Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra.


Kyra holds degrees from the Chicago College of Performing Arts and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.  Her primary instructors include Tanya Carey and Brandon Vamos. She has performed in masterclasses for Richard Aaron, Jeffrey Solow, Andres Diaz, Emilio Colon, Yehuda Hanani, David Ying, and Darret Adkins. She has studied quartet playing extensively with the Pacifica Quartet. Other mentors include the Borromeo Quartet, Cavani Quartet, Biava Quartet, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, the Kronos Quartet, and Atar Arad. Addition, she has participated in festivals including the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Manchester Music Festival, Musicorda, the California Summer Music Festival, the Innsbrook Institute and the Austin Chamber Music Festival.


Kyra performs on an English cello made by Thomas Smith in 1759.