Kyra Saltman

Cello Faculty (Suzuki)
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
Suzuki Education
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

Kyra received a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a Masters in Music in Cello Performance degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Brandon Vamos, Dr. Tanya Carey

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

For me, music has always been first and foremost about expression and passion. It has the power to convey thoughts and emotions which are sometimes too complicated to be described. Our work as musicians - learning good technique, learn to have a good sound, learning to play in tune, learning to practice efficiently - is all to make ourselves better, more nuanced storytellers.

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Kyra Saltman has toured the United States extensively as a chamber musician, including concerts at Round Top Festival Institute, Sheldon Friends of Chamber Music Society, and the Nassau Music Society in the Bahamas and has appeared on WFMT and APM's Performance Today. In the fall of 2015, she was the onstage cellist for Steppenwolf Theater Company's production of East of Eden. She has appeared as a soloist with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Illinois at Chicago Symphony Orchestra, among others. She has taught at the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute, Merit School of Music, Adlai E. Stevenson High School, and is currently on the faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago and the Urban Prairie Waldorf School.

Interests outside of music: 

Cooking, hiking, reading, history, politics.

Favorite composer or piece to play: 

I love Brahms and Beethoven, especially their chamber music. I also have a special love for opera, including Puccini and Wagner's Ring Cycle.

Favorite musical moment: 

I had the opportunity to perform Puccini's La Boheme in Muscat, Oman with the late Lorin Maazel conducting. It was an incredible experience, and exhilarating to realize that as a musician, my work could take me literally anywhere in the world.