Roger Salander was born in New York and has lived in Vienna since 1970. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, where he studied with Augustin Duques (clarinet) and Jean Morel (conducting). His further studies were with Stanley Drucker in New York and Alfred Prinz in Vienna. Salander is the only American clarinetist ever to have performed on a regular basis with the Vienna State Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra (1970-79) and to hold a professorship at the Konservatorium Wien (Vienna Conservatory)- 1977-2006. He has also taught at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and the Institut de Hautes Etudes Musicales in Montreux.

Salander was an internationally acclaimed soloist from 1973 on, performing and giving master classes in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Austria, Germany, France, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Italy, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Romania, Turkey, China, Korea, Japan and Greece. His highly acclaimed recording of the Brahms Sonatas dates from the year 1992. Ten years later, he recorded the equally successful trios of Frühling and Zemlinsky (ORF CD ROMANTIC VIENNA LIVE). A long list of solo works has been dedicated to him by major composers of our time.

Roger Salander is presently Artistic Director of the chamber music festival Heiligenkreuzer Herbst near Vienna (
His Carnegie Hall Debut in 1982 was named one of the season's four greatest experiences (together with Haitink, Giulini and Ponnelle) by John Rockwell of the New York Times.
Roger Salander played RS clarinets by Otmar Hammerschmidt (named for him - (

Since suffering a massive stroke in 2006, Salander has been paralyzed on his left side and retired. He has once again resumed a highly successful conducting career employing his healthy right hand.