Clare Salaman


Clare Salaman plays baroque violin, hurdy gurdy, vielle, nyckelharpa, hardanger violin and accordion. Her love for the sound of horsehair on gut, and her interest in strange and ancient instruments, was sparked by a holiday job, cataloguing the musical instrument collection in the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford whilst reading music at Merton College. Two further years of study in baroque violin at the Royal College of Music then led to a job in The English Concert and performances, broadcasts and CD recordings with all the leading period instrument ensembles in the UK including The Dufay Collective and The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Baroque violin work is now mainly confined to leading and directing ensembles in the UK and abroad. Working in many contexts outside early music, Clare has collaborated with musicians from Iran, Norway, France, India, Tanzania and Andalusia. She is the director of The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments.