Graham Salter is one of Britain's most experienced freelance oboists and teachers,
having held the positions of
Principal Oboe with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, followed by
Principal Cor Anglais at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
As a freelance he has appeared as a guest with almost
every orchestra in London and the UK,
being equally at home in the fields of
Symphony, Chamber and Baroque orchestras, Opera, Ballet
and the Recording Studio.
He is regularly invited in at short notice to
cover orchestral and operatic emergencies of all kinds.
Working initially and over many years with the National Philhilharmonic Orchestra,
he is highly experienced in the film studio.
(Horner; Wiseman; Goldsmith; Bernstein; Broughton; Kamen; Jarre; Mancini etc.)
He has played under such great conductors as
Rudolf Kempe, Pierre Boulez, Sir Georg Solti, Bernard Haitink,
Sir Colin Davis, Carlos Kleiber (commendation), André Previn,
Klaus Tennstedt, Sir Simon Rattle etc.,
and has recorded solos in arias with
Placido Domingo, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna.
In his youth a winner of the prestigious Leeds National Musicians’ Platform
and of the Greater London Arts Young Musicians scheme,
Graham Salter has broadcast for the BBC and played
recitals, quartets or concertos in London's Purcell Room, QEH, Smith Square,
all around Britain and in Europe on Radio and TV.
His varied and attractive Concerto repertoire
broadcast, recorded and performed
is welcomed especially by music and choral societies nationwide.
His numerous arrangements for the various sizes of oboe
with small string ensembles, quintets and quartets
(of Baroque arias, tango, varied song transcriptions, film score extracts
and Hollywood classics)
delight Festival audiences annually,
especially in intimate country house gatherings.
Enjoyably varied Recitals may be linked usefully to
Masterclasses, Workshops and Lectures,
where GS can introduce all five members of the Oboe family, offering
a lighthearted Round-Europe Tour or
Gems from the Oboe's 350-Year History.
Tailored appropriately to the audience are his
unique Interactive Workshops that encourage
young musicians of all styles and ages to
"Bring the Music to Life, and Perform with Expression".
the subject of a unique book for
all young musicians and all who teach them,
due for publication in 2019.
designed to develop Control
and Expressive Musicianship
above mere technique,
and enhanced by charming line drawings by
are well-loved inclusions in the
ABRSM Associated Board Syllabuses, Grades 1-5
Recital / Concerto Reviews:
“Consistently beautiful tone and phrasing”
“Finesse and lyrical poise”
“Sensitive, elegant phrasing”
“Conspicuous tonal purity and control”
Roy Tipping, Milton Keynes
“Pulled at the heart strings of an appreciative audience”.