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Swansea born Sali-Wyn Ryan always had two passions - to play her violin and to travel. She has succeeded in doing both.

The beginning of 2007 found violinist Sali-Wyn performing to 8000 people in the Great Hall of the People, Beijing as part of the Philharmonia Orchestra and taking time out to visit the Great Wall of China! Since graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Sali-Wyn's career has been highly successful; she combines many orchestral commitments with solo and chamber engagements which take her all over the world. She works regularly with renowned orchestras, including the Philharmonia, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of English National Opera. She has toured extensively, from opera festivals in Zimbabwe and Barbados with Opera Interludes to cruises to the Far East and Scandinavia and performances for the previous Pope at the Vatican in Rome.

Sali-Wyn spent the month of April in 2007 as soloist with the Morriston Orpheus Choir on tour to Dubai, Australia and New Zealand. This culminated in two solo performances at Sydney Opera House. Sali-Wyn was thrilled to have had the opportunity to perform alongside this wonderful choir.

The first part of July 2007 was spent in Tokyo with the Philharmonia Orchestra, performing a different Mahler Symphony in each concert!

On her return to the UK, Sali-Wyn played with the English National Opera Orchestra in their production of 'Kismet', starring Michael Ball and Alfie Boe; she also played with the Philharmonia in the opening Gala Concert of the newly refurbished Royal Festival Hall and was involved in the recording of a soundtrack for a new blockbuster film, 'Stardust', starring Robert De Niro and for the new Asterix film. She also occasionally plays in the orchestra of the long running West End show, 'The Lion King'.

Alongside her demanding playing schedule, Sali-Wyn has, since 1999 worked as a freelance Music Producer for Classic FM; she has worked with presenters such as Simon Bates, Jane Jones and Katie Derham. Several of the shows with which she has been involved have  been nominated for Sony awards - one of the highest accolades in the radio industry.

Sali-Wyn is a member of Celticana String Quartet - successes include an appearance at the BBC Proms in the Park,

BBC Songs of Praise and a CD recording with Bryn Terfel. The quartet travelled to the Italian island of Ischia to play for Lady Walton as part of a concert series of works written by her late husband, Sir William Walton.  Listen to Celticana.

 Celticana in Ischia.

Sali-Wyn and Celticana were members of Live Music Now for several years. She was chosen to be presented to Her Majesty the Queen on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the founding of LMN.

Sali-Wyn plays a violin made for her by Abergavenny based instrument maker, John Watkins.