Ms. Kyra Saltman

Cello Teacher

Kyra Saltman

SAA Member


Chicago, IL
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Kyra Saltman is a passionate teacher and performer. She is the chamber music program director at the Music Institute of Chicago and is also on the Suzuki cello faculty, and teaches cello at Urban Prairie Waldorf School. Previously, she has taught at the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute, Merit School of Music, and Adlai E. Stevenson High School, where she was co-director of the chamber music program. She completed her Suzuki Certification through an apprenticeship with Dr. Tanya L. Carey, former president of the Suzuki Association of the Americans, and has had additional Suzuki training with Sally Gross and Carey Beth Hockett. Kyra has given masterclasses and coachings at the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Lake Forest High School, Eastern Illinois University, Silver Lake College, and the Austin Chamber Music Center. Kyra holds a Bachelors of Music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Masters of Music from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. She is also served on the board of the Chicago Cello Society and is the founding principal cellist of the Chicago Composers Orchestra.

Kyra 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 has appeared as a soloist with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, University of Illinois at Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Erato Chamber Orchestra, and the Renovo String Orchestra and was a featured performer at Chicago’s first Electro-Acoustic Music Festival.  Kyra is currently a member of the Petar Jankovic Ensemble, an innovative ensemble consisting of string quartet and classical guitar.  Guitar International said their most recent recording, (Com)passionate music,  “showcases the incredible talent within the ensemble and especially in the cello part. Kyra Saltman (cello) plays with a deep and resonating tone perfectly setting the mood for her partners to follow and build upon.”