Saleas is of Gypsy origin and he was born in Mesolongi in 1958. A year later, he moved to Athens. He was taught to play the clarinet at the age of nine having his father as his teacher and he performed his first club concert two years later. By the age of 14 he had mastered the clarinet and recorded his first disc.

He has collaborated with top composers of Greek Music and he is considered one of the top clarinists with a characterist sound that it’s hard to confuse him for someone else.

A former accompanist for Dionisis Savopoulos, Saleas has worked with Vangelis (Papathanasiou) since the early 1990s. His debut solo album, Orama: The Music of Vangelis, featured interpretations of Vangelis’ compositions.

He was also the soloist of the clarinet in the works of the renown composer Stamatis Spanoudakis.