Originally from Belgrade, Serbia, Svetlana studied at the Special High School of the Tchaikovsky Conservatorium of Music, Moscow, and the Cologne Hochschule of Music. She has studied with Daniil Shafran, Boris Pergamenshikov, Alban Berg Quartet, Amadeus Quartet amongst other legendary musicians.
As an orchestral musician Svetlana held the position of Associate Principal Cello with the Rheinische Philharmonie and has worked with the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker, Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony and Singapore Symphony Orchestras. She has also toured Europe as a principal cellist of the ensemble Double Sens.
She is a founding member of the critically acclaimed trio, Ensemble Liaison and has appeared with many other major ensembles including the Australia Ensemble@UNSW. With Ensemble Liaison she directs and performs a three-concert series at the Melbourne Recital Centre along with regular performances for Musica Viva, ABC Classic FM, and appearances at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music Townsville, the Port Fairy Music Festival and the Woodend Winter Arts festivals. She has collaborated with many wonderful Australian and international artists including Nemanja Radulović, Ray Chen, Anthony Marwood, James Crab, Emma Matthews, Cheryl Barker, Peter Coleman-Wright, Wilma Smith, Henning Kraggerud, Paul Grabowsky, David Jones and Tony Gould.
Svetlana’s recordings with Ensemble Liaison of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time for the Melba Recordings label and Trios of Brahms. Beethoven and Bruch for the Tall Poppies label have won high praise from critics around the world.
Her other passion is teaching cello and chamber music. In the past 20 years she has taught at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of New South Wales, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.
A student of Janos Starker, German cellist Edith Salzmann is in high demand internationally as a teacher, soloist, and chamber musician.
She is a Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Auckland and the artistic director of the Pettman National Junior Academy and the International Akaroa Music Festival She has been a member of many major ensembles, including the Tibor Varga Chamber Orchestra, the Corda String Quartet, and the Musikfabrik Duesseldorf; She has recorded for the Stradivarius and Atoll labels, and given masterclasses in countries across the globe.