Clare Salaman plays violin, baroque violin, hurdy gurdy, nyckelharpa, medieval vielle, rebec, hardanger fiddle and accordion. After graduating in music from Merton College, Oxford, she completed two years of postgraduate study at the Royal College of Music. While 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 and chamber music player with many groups includes The Purcell Quartet, Dufay Collective, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Handel Players and St James Baroque Players. She has directed the period instrument orchestras in the Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music. Her interest in non-Western music has led to collaborations with musicians from India, Tanzania, Iran, Norway and Spain as well as traditional music players from England, Wales and Scotland. She has performed Hurdy Gurdy concertos with the Palladian Ensemble and London Handel Players and plays the hurdy gurdy and Swedish nyckelharpa in The Ian McMillan Orchestra and her own trio SYM and is founder member of The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments.