Pamela Roberts - Cellist


Pamela Roberts grew up in Tacoma, Washington where she began her cello studies at the age of 11. She graduated from Clover Park High School.

Ms. Roberts became an accomplished cellist and a National Merit Scholar. She received a full scholarship to the University of Puget Sound and then the University of Washington where she completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance (cum laude). Ms. Roberts also completed two full years of graduate studies towards a Masters in Cello Performance, but stopped just short of completing this degree due to the intensity of her performing and teaching schedule.

Ms. Roberts' primary teacher was Eva Heinitz, with whom she studied both cello and viola da gamba. Her other cello instructors included Toby Saks, Alan Harris, Robert Gardner, Daniel Lynch, Vivian King and Lou Petrulis. She received fellowships to the Cleveland Chamber Music Festival, String Congress in Los Angeles, and Aspen Music Festival. She studied in Master Classes with Janos Starker,  Gabor Rejto, Michael Tree, David Soyer and Yo Yo Ma.

At the age of 25 Ms. Roberts became a faculty member in the music department at the University of Puget Sound and also performed as a free-lancing solo cellist. She was the first female musician hired into the 5th Avenue Theatre orchestra in Seattle, where she played solo cello in Broadway shows. As a free-lancing cellist Ms. Roberts performed with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Philadelphia String Quartet, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Tacoma Symphony, Paramount Theater Orchestra and Seattle Early Music Guild.

Ms. Roberts is a member of the Port Townsend Symphony Orchestra. As part of the duo, Fauna Vivace, she plays chamber music with pianist, Sheila Harwood, along with guest artists.

Ms. Roberts is married to the well-known jazz musician, Howard Gilbert – a retired drummer from the Seattle Symphony. They have been married for over 30 years. They raised two daughters together and a son from her husband’s previous marriage – all are grown and living in the Seattle area. They met when Ms. Roberts soloed with the symphony as a cellist. Now they live on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State where they share their lives with the local bears, cougars, herons, hawks and other wild friends. Together they own and manage their family forest,  Lost Mountain Tree Farm.