A passionate chamber musician, cellist Kyra Saltman has embarked on a diverse and exciting career. She has toured the United States extensively, including concerts at the Round Top Festival Institute, the Sheldon Friends of Chamber Music, the Fairmont Chamber Music Society, the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, and the Kerrytown Concert House, as well as for the Nassau Music Society in the Bahamas. Kyra is currently a member of the Petar Jankovic Ensemble, an innovative ensemble consisting of string quartet and classical guitar. The group released their second CD in the fall of 2014 featuring the music of Debussy, Shostakovich, and Elliot Bark. In 2015 she performed onstage for Steppenwolf Theater Company's production of East of Eden.
Kyra has appeared as a soloist with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, the University of Illinois at Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Erato Chamber Orchestra, and the Renovo String Orchestra, among others. She has also been featured on the Second Saturdays at Noon concerts series at the St. James Cathedral, the Sounds of the South Loop Concert Series, the Ravenswood Concert Series, and the Chicago Cultural Mile’s Second Fridays Series and was a featured soloist on Chicago's first Electro-Acoustic Music Festival.
Based in Chicago, she is part of the city's burgeoning community of young musicians dedicated to creative performance. She is the founding principal cellist of the Chicago Composer's Orchestra, one of three orchestras in the country dedicated to performing the works of living composers.
Kyra received her Masters in Cello Performance in 2009 from the Chicago College of Performing Arts where she was a student of Tanya Carey, former president of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She also received her Suzuki certification and training from Dr. Carey. She holds a Bachelors of Music Performance from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where she was a student of Brandon Vamos and studied chamber music extensively with the Pacifica Quartet. Additional mentors include the Borromeo Quartet, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Kronos Quartet, Biava Quartet, Ariana Quartet, and Atar Arad of the Cleveland Quartet.
She has served on the faculties ofUrban Prairie Waldorf School, the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute, the Merit School of Music, and Adlai E. Stevenson High School. Kyra has given masterclasses and coached at the Austin Chamber Music Center, Manchester Music Festival, Silver Lake College, Eastern Illinois University, and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra.