Graham Salvage has been Principal Bassoonist of the Hallé Orchestra since 1981. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Gwydion Brooke and later in Germany with Klaus Thunemann while holding positions in two opera-house orchestras. He has appeared as guest principal with many orchestras including the London Symphony, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish and the Welsh National and English National Opera.
Graham has premiered several works including John Gardner’s Bassoon Concerto (2007) and for ASV he recorded concertos by Peter Hope, John Addison, Eric Fogg and Arthur Butterworth, with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted by Gavin Sutherland. Other recordings include works with the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder, chamber pieces on the Campion Cameo label and Peter Hope’s Four Sketches for oboe, bassoon and piano for Dutton.
He teaches at the Royal Northern College of Music, Chetham’s School of Music and Manchester University and is an adjudicator and examiner for various institutions including the Associated Board.