Graham Salter

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.


35 Melodic Studies for Oboe

(published by Emerson Edition)

designed to develop Control

and Expressive Musicianship

above mere technique,

and enhanced by charming line drawings by

Maeve Calthorpe,

are well-loved inclusions in the

ABRSM Associated Board Syllabuses, Grades 1-5


Saxophone Version available separately,

annotated by Paul Harvey.


Graham Salter

Recital / Concerto Reviews:

Sunday Telegraph

“Consistently beautiful tone and phrasing”

Daily Telegraph

“Finesse and lyrical poise”

Financial Times

“Sensitive, elegant phrasing”

“Conspicuous tonal purity and control”

Roy Tipping, Milton Keynes

“Pulled at the heart strings of an appreciative audience”.