Edith Salzmann studied at the Music Academy in Detmold, Germany and at Indiana University Bloomington(USA). Her cello teachers include Janos Starker, Irene Guedel and Andre Navarra. Chamber music teachers included Rostislav Dubinsky, Piero Farulli , Tibor Varga , Gyoergy Kurtag and others.
She was a member of the Tibor Varga Chamber Orchestra, the Corda String Quartet, the Musikfabrik Duesseldorf and various other New Music ensembles and has performed extensively all over Europe, America, Asia and Australasia.
She was artist in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts and was invited to perform at international festivals such as Festival d’Ile de France, Festival ‘The Sound of Israel”, Orlando Festival, Tibor Varga Festival, Sion, the Accademia Chigiana, Italy, the Norfolk Festival (USA), Tage Neuer Musik Darmstadt and many others.
As a chamber musician and soloist she has performed in major European concert halls, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Cologne Philharmonie, Gasteig Munich, the Barbican London, and the Tonhalle, Zuerich with , amongst others, Heinz Holliger, Christoph Poppen, Eduard Brunner, Gustav Rivinius, Menahem Pressler, Nobuko Imai, Erick Friedman and Luba Edlina, Clio Gould, Hansjoerg Schellenberger and others.
In 2017, she has appeared in recital and give masterclasses in the Netherlands, Germany, the UK, Italy, New Zealand and Australia.
She has recorded for the Stradivarius label (Milan), EMI Germany and Atoll New Zealand, as well as for many international radio stations.
In high demand as a teacher, she has given masterclasses in Korea, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Italy, Germany, Poland and Switzerland.
Former students now have successful careers as chamber or orchestra musicians.
Since 2005 she is the artistic Director of the Pettman National Junior Academy ,the privately sponsored pre-tertiary scholarship programme of the University of Auckland. She is the artistic Director of the International Akaroa Music Festival, an annual chamber music and masterclass festival in New Zealand that she founded in 2006 and the Musiktage Merzig festival in Germany. She also has the artistic supervision of the Pettman Open Chamber Music Programme, a concert, masterclass and career-development programme for highly talented young musicians.
From 2001 – 2013, she was Senior lecturer for cello at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, since 2014 she has a Senior Lecturer position at the university of Auckland and in 2018, she has been teaching at the University of Melbourne.