Clare Salaman


Clare Salaman is a multi instrumentalist and composer and plays violin, baroque violin, hurdgurdy, nyckelharpa, medieval vielle, rebec, hardanger fiddle and accordion.

Her work covers a broad spectrum of musical roles and styles. Ongoing projects include her own groups,
The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments and SYM, The Ian McMillan Orchestra, The Harp Consort, The London Handel Players, Concerto Caladonia, Theatre of the Ayre, the Parvaz Ensemble, and a collaboration as composer and player with Ian McMillan for Tara Arts in Spring 2012. This lies alongside session work for TV and feature films and examining in the London conservatoires.

After graduating in music from Merton College, Oxford, she completed two years of postgraduate study at the Royal College of Music. While she was there she joined the English Concert, which led to work with all the major period instrument orchestras in the UK. Her wide experience as a leader includes Jonathan Miller's acclaimed production of Bach's St Matthew Passion, which was recorded for CD and BBC television and groups such as Florilegium, St James Baroque Players, Welsh Baroque Orchestra, the European Union Baroque Orchestra and Barokkarnerne. She has performed and recorded chamber music for CD and radio with the Purcell Quartet, London Handel Players, St James Baroque and Charivari Agreeable, and has taught at and directed the period instrument orchestras in the Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music. She was a member of the Dufay Collective and with them and Joglaresa she has played medieval vielle, rebec and hurdy gurdy. She has performed hurdy gurdy concertos with the London Concert Sinfonia, The Palladian Ensemble and, most recently, The London Handel Players in the Wigmore Hall and on BBC Radio 3. She has toured with the dance theatre company, Second Stride, playing accordion, hurdy gurdy and violin.

Pursuing her interest in non-Western music she has made trips to India, where she made field recordings and transcriptions of Rajastani folk music, and to Mali, Senegal and The Gambia where she had the opportunity to stay with griot (musician) families. She spent a month in East Africa collaborating with Tanzanian musicians on a British Council project with street kids. As a member of the
Chris Wood trio she explored her interest in English traditional music. She is a member of the Parvaz ensemble, a collaboration between Iranian and British musicians. In 2007 she started her own group SYM, a collaboration with internationally renowned Norwegian hardanger fiddle player, Anne Hytta and French nyckelharpa player, Eleonore Billy. They released their debut album Symbiosis in 2008. A highlight of this year was The Revenge of the Folksingers, a collaboration between 4 folk singers and players from Concerto Caladonia. The CD of the project has just been released.