Amy Salsgiver is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. Amongst her solo appearances are recitals in New York, London, and Istanbul. She has performed in festivals in New York, Dublin, London, Los Angeles, Bogota, Ankara, and Istanbul.
Amy was an active part of the New York City music scene up until 2003. She has played with various orchestras including the Philadelphia virtuoso orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, the National Orchestra of Ireland, and the National Composers Guild. While living in NYC, Amy also performed in a wide variety of ensembles, including classical, contemporary, and experimental music groups, Dixie Land stilt bands, Off-Broadway musicals, and Afro-Cuban ensembles.
Amy is an alumnus of the Manhattan School of Music where she earned her bachelors of music degree. She also has a post-graduate diploma from Royal College of Music in London.
In 2003, Amy moved to Istanbul, where she has been performing with the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra. Amy frequently presents concerts and workshops at Istanbul Technical University's MIAM (the Center for Advanced Musical Research) and Bilgi University and in Turkey where she gave lectures and performances of contemporary music. She is working closely with young Turkish composers to create new percussion repertoire.
Since moving to Istanbul, Amy created the percussion group Sa Ne Na, which performs their own compositions, new works by young Turkish composers, and important repertoire from the 20th century. Amy is also a member of the free-improvisation trio Cymbal In Ruin and the experimental Istanbul-based rock band Kpar Kpoh Naah. Amy is a founding member of the newly created Hezarfen Ensemble of Istanbul (which will make its debut in 2010, when Istanbul is the Capital of European Culture) as well as Diskant Ensemble which is also dedicated to the promotion of new music.