Silvana Saldaña began her guitar studies when she was 9 years old and at the age of 11 she started her formal musical studies at Instituto Bernasconi.
In 1986 she was admitted at the “Manuel de Falla” Conservatory in Buenos Aires where she continued her advanced guitar studies and musical education training under the teachers Marta Norese, Dora Argañaras and María Bello.
She graduated as Maestra de Educación Musical” (1991), “Profesora de Educación Musical” (1993), “Profesora artística de Guitarra” (1994) and “Profesora Superior de Guitarra” in 1998. In 1999 she was the recipient of the Gold Medal award for academic excellence.
In 2010 she completed her degree in music at the National University of Arts in Buenos Aires (UNA).
Silvana perfected her guitar skills with Eduardo Isaac ,Víctor Villadangos and she also completed a course in Early Music taught by Gabriel Schebor.
In 2001 she participated in the Caxias Do Sul Festival in Brazil where she took lessons with Harris Becker, Luz Bobadilla, among others.
She earned special mention prizes in the string category of the Liszt Competition (Concurso Liszt) , in the Luis Gianneo Competition and the Argentine Academy of Music Competition (1999) .
From 1990 to 2003 she worked as a music teacher in preschool, elementary school and secondary school.
In 2001, following a public competitive examination, she became the chair of the course “Alternative Institutional Space”(a project designed by herself that analyses the repertoire and the history of classical guitar from its beginnings to present day) in Marechal School from La Matanza, Buenos Aires Province.
Currently, Silvana teaches guitar at the “Astor Piazzolla” Conservatory, Manuel de Falla Conservatory and National University of Arts (UNA).
She has performed as a soloist in important concert halls in Argentina including Centro Cultural San Martín, Hall Central del Teatro Gral. San Martín, Museo de arte hispanoamericano Fernández Blanco, Museo Casa de Ricardo Rojas, Club Español, Bolsa de Comercio de Buenos Aires, Federación de Luz y Fuerza y Centro Cultural Fontanarrosa de Rosario among others.
She made appearances in radio and television programs such as Asociación Tárrega, De Segovia a Yupanqui ,FM Radio Clásica Nacional , EL canal de la Mujer, Canal 7 and Canal A.
In June and July 2001, she toured Buenos Aires and the rest of the country together with the National Congress Orchestra performing Jeromita Linares by Carlos Guastavino.
She has performed as a soloist in many different international festivals including Guitarras del Mundo, Fabini Festival (Uruguay), María Luisa Anido, Roseta del Plata, among others.
Silvana Saldaña: “Música argentina y latinoamericana” (2003) is her first solo album and includes works from Argentinian and Latin American composers of the 20th Century such as C. Guastavino, L. Brouwer, A. Lauro, H. Villalobos, M. Pujol.
In 2016 she released her second album “Resonancias” in which she recorded Latin American music. These records have been praised by specialized international magazines in the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Japan and was broadcasted in specialized radio stations from Argentina, Uruguay, Cuba, Brasil, Paraguay and Colombia.
In 2000 she started a guitar duo with Javier Bravo that has performed in many of the most important concert halls in Buenos Aires such as Salón Dorado del Teatro Colón, Salón Dorado de la Casa de la Cultura, Teatro Roma, Teatro Margarita Xirgu, Usina del Arte, Centro Cultural Kirchner, among others.
Since 2003 she performs in Brasil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, México, USA, España, Suiza, Alemania, e Italia as a soloist and with the duo participating in international festivals such as Festival de Lausanne (Switzerland), Mostra do Violao Fred Schneiter y Festival de Violão da UFRGS (Brazil), Guitarras del Mundo (Argentina), Guitarras de Otoño (México), Bienal de guitarra de Cochabamba (Bolivia) and many others.
In October 2004 the duo appeared in the festival “Guitarras del Mundo”with the National Congress Orchestra playing Vivaldi’s Concerto for two mandolins .
The duo released two albums: “A dúo” (2004) which includes pieces ranging from the Baroque period to the 20th Century and “Carmen” (2013) with Spanish inspired music for two guitars. In 2014, the duo performed Castelnuovo Tedesco’s concert for two guitars with the Toluca Philharmonic Orchestra and in 2017 with the Argentinian Federal Police Orchestra and the San Martín Symphonic Orchestra.
Silvana also performs world premieres of works by contemporary Argentinian composers.
In addition to her role as a guitar professor at academic institutions, she conducts masterclasses in Argentina and abroad.
Since 2017, she has also been committed to the research and teaching ofhealthy approaches to guitar posturegiving lectures at educational institutions.