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Amy Salsgiver


Amy Salsgiver is a native of Cleveland, Ohio.  She has performed in a wide variety of ensembles encompassing many genres, including orchestral, off-Broadway, Afro-Cuban, street theater, and contemporary chamber music, in cities like New York , London, Dublin, and Istanbul.  She gave the Irish premier of Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians, toured the Eastern United States with the Philadelphia Virtuosi, performed with Alarm Will Sound, toured Colombia and Kosovo as a member of Bond Street Theater with sponsorship from Unicef, and given several official and unofficial Turkish premiers of important contemporary works.
In 2003, Amy moved to Istanbul, where she has been performing with the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra.  She presents concerts and workshops about new music, percussion, composing for percussion, and West African xylophone music. 
Amy is a co-creator of the Istanbul-based mostly-percussion group SA.NE.NA, which performs important contemporary repertoire, their own compositions, new works by young Turkish composers, and does collaborations with other musicians and bands. 
In addition to the Hezarfen Ensemble, she is a member of the Istanbul Modern Music Ensemble as well as the Diskant Ensemble, which are dedicated to the performance of contemporary music. Amy is half of the percussion duo Naked Drum Project, with Alex Baker.  She is also active in the free improvisation and rock music scene in Istanbul, performing with Ceylan Ertem, 123, and members of Konstrukt among others.
Amy holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Manhattan School of Music and a Post-Graduate Diploma from the Royal College of Music in London.  She also holds a Masters Degree from Istanbul Technical University's MIAM (Center for Advanced Musical Research) where she is currently on faculty as performer-in-residence.