A dedicated performer and teacher, cellist Kyra Saltman has performed across the United States, including concerts at the Round Top Festival Institute, the Sheldon Friends of Chamber Music, the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, University of Chicago Presents, and the Kerrytown Concert House, as well as for the Nassau Music Society in the Bahamas. As a member of the Petar Jankovic Ensemble, she has given masterclasses, coached chamber music, and performed outreach concerts across the country, and has been featured on American Public Media’s Performance Today. In 2015, she was the onstage solo cellist 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 musicians dedicated to creative performance. She was 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 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 is currently on the faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago and the Urban Prairie Waldorf School. Previously, she taught at the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute, the Merit School of Music, and Adlai E. Stevenson High School.