|Xiao Lei Salovara - Harpist|
Photo by Ken Love Photography
Xiao Lei Salovara, a native of Shanghai, China, began to study the violin and piano with her parents at the age of four. Her mother is the first Chinese harp professor in China. Her father is a world well-known violin professor. At the age of nine, Xiao Lei (pronounced as in the Swiss “Chalet”) was one of twenty-eight children chosen in a national selection to be enrolled in the Music Elementary School in Shanghai as a piano major. She studied harp with her mother at the Music High School attached to Shanghai Conservatory.
From 1972 to 1978, Xiao Lei was the principal harpist with the Shanghai Peking-opera. In 1978, she was a prize winner of the Shanghai Young Artists Competition. From 1978 to 1984, she held the position of the principal harp with the Shanghai Film Orchestra. In 1983, she was awarded a medal for her outstanding film recordings and was elected The Woman of the Year by The National Film Association of China.
In 1984, Xiao Lei came to the United States to study with the world renowned harp teacher, the former Cleveland Orchestra principal harpist Alice Chalifoux. Xiao Lei received her Bachelor of Music degree with Valedictory and Annual Prizes from the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM). She has also received her Master of Music and Artist Diploma of Music from CIM.
In 1988 Xiao Lei appeared on the Johnny Carson Tonight Show as a guest performer. She has also performed with celebrities like Yanni and Pavarotti.
In 1990, Xiao Lei was appointed as a faculty member of the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Harp Department. In 1993 and 1994, Xiao Lei performed and recorded with the Cleveland Orchestra. She was a harpist with Toledo symphony and Wheeling Symphony for many years, and has performed with Ohio Chamber, Cleveland Opera, Cleveland Ballet, and many other orchestras. In 1995, she was appointed as a faculty member of Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory. Since 1997, Xiao Lei has been live performing on WCLV-FM 95.5 classical music station frequently.
Xiao Lei released her first harp and flute classical CD in July 1998. Her
second pop solo album was released in November, 1999.
"Xiao Lei was an absolute pleasure to work with. I could tell she genuinely liked the requested music I sent to her and did very well to email me samples of the music well before my wedding. I highly recommend her." Yin Tang - Aug. 4, 2012 @ Stan Hywet Hall And Gardens
"Xiao Lei has an amazing gift! It was such a nice touch at our wedding." Lissette Rodriguez - Sept. 18, 2010 @ American Veterans Post 32
"Just wanted to send a quick note to share how happy we were with our reception music. Everyone loved our harp and guitar. Even the service staff commented how mellow and classy everything was. They even compared it to fine dining. Xiao Lei and Tony were great! Their music ability and professionalism surpassed my expectations. They made our night great!" Stacie Will & John Boullock - July 11, 2009 @ Sheraton Suites Cuyahoga Falls
"I had always wanted harp music for my wedding ceremony, even though I never thought that a harpist could surpass my own dreams of grandeur. But your music nearly took my breath away as I walked down the aisle. There is no doubt that you have skillfully developed your talent. Not only do you artfully pluck the cords, but it feels as though your heart travels through your fingers and sings each note. It was an absolute blessing to have you as an integral part of my wedding." Valerie (Giroux) Maceyak - June 14, 2009 @ Occasions Party Centre
"I must say we could not have made a better choice. From start to finish, it was a pleasure working with her. She is a true professional in every way...we will always have wonderful memories of our daughter's fairy tale wedding, thanks in part (a large part) to Xiao Lei." Dr. & Mrs. Stephen Farkas (Valerie Giroux wedding) - June 14, 2009 @ Occasions Party Centre
"We cannot say enough about Jerry Bruno Productions, DJ Bill Bowen, or Xiao Lei Salovara. Bill Bowen was the epitome of professionalism and fun. Xiao Lei was extraordinary. It's difficult to express our appreciation of their work without sounding cliche, but they did, in fact, help tremendously in making our wedding day the most beautiful, fun, and meaningful day of our lives. Our guests were thrilled, as were we, and we could not have asked for a more wonderful experience. Thank you so much." Shannon (Field) & Phil Dahlstrom - March 14, 2009 @ Windows on the River
"Thank you so much – we were very pleased with the performance!!!!" Sheree Labori, Lakewood Hospital Employee Service Awards - Oct. 10, 2008 @ La Centre
"Our evening at the Akron Art Museum was only complimented by the beautiful talent of Xiao Lei." Dr. Cynthia Marshall-Petroff, Akron Dental Society Spring Social - May 9, 2008
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Photo by New Image Photography
Xiao Lei performs at Areal Maduri and Danny Cesario's wedding, Barrington Country Club, August 2007