Josephine Salvi was born in Parma, Italy in 1992 and began studying the harp at the age of nine at the “Arrigo Boito” Conservatory in Parma, gaining her music degree in 2013 under the guidance of Emanuela Degli Esposti.
She then completed her studies with a Master Degree in Performance at the Royal College of Music of London, studying with Professor Ieuan Jones.
During her years of studies she attended numerous masterclasses with: Judith Liber in Villa Camozzi, Letizia Belmondo, Inove Kumiko, Alice Giles ,Lincoln Almada, Vincenzo Zitello, Bernard Andres , Ieuan Jones, , Marcella Carboni, Marisa Robles, Jana Bouskova, Daphne Boden, Isabel Perrin, Fabrice Pierre.
In 2008, Josephine performed as part of the harp ensemble Leonardo Primavera, directed by Emanuela Degli Esposti, with whom she performed on Italian National television RAI to a world-wide audience. This ensemble also performed at Villa Emma in Modena in 2009 at the festival of Salsomaggiore Terme in 2010, at the festival of Assisi in 2010 and in 2011, at the Church of Romanino at Pisogne, and at the Carmine of Parma auditorium.
Josephine has also been active in the new-music scene, collaborating with composers and other artists to bring new works to the stage. In May 2013, she was part of a select quartet who were chosen to premier a new harp quartet by F. J. Gossec. In the same programme, she also premiered a piece by Vincenzo Zitello for harp quartet and violin.
In 2009 Josephine was awarded first prize in the Carpineti in Musica Competition and won second prize at the Riviera della Versilia in Pietrasanta in 2012.
In 2012 she won a scholarship to study at the Accademia Tadini in Lovere, and went on to receive a full fee scholarship from the Royal College of Music of London, donated by Helen Marjorie Tonks.
In the first year of her studies in London she was accepted to take part in the RCM/BBC Orchestra Pathway Scheme which gave her the opportunity to assist BBC Orchestra rehearsal together with the official harpists Sioned Williams and Louise Martin.