About

Brooklyn-based flutist Roberta Michel is dedicated to the music of our time. Praising her “extreme adventurousness,” New York Concert Review said she “riveted with her performance, inspiring one to want a repeated hearing.” Michel is the Co-artistic Director of Wavefield.

A founding member of Duo RoMi and Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Michel has also performed with: Ecce Ensemble, Portland String Quartet, Newspeak, SEM Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble, Argento, Iktus, Wordless Music Orchestra, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Ensemble LPR, and Cygnus Ensemble among others. Recent venues include: Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tulley Hall, Merkin Hall, The Kennedy Center, Roulette, Issue Project Room, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She can be heard on New Dynamic, Innova, Tzadik, and Meta Records. Michel has commissioned and premiered hundreds of new works and has worked with many notable composers of our day.

Michel holds degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder, SUNY-Purchase College, and the City University of New York Graduate Center. She is a winner of the NFA Graduate Research Competition for her dissertation on the flute music of Salvatore Sciarrino, resulting in a presentation at the 2013 National Flute Association Convention in New Orleans. Her teachers include Robert Dick, Tara O’Connor, and Alexa Still. She currently teaches at St. Francis College, Sarah Lawrence College, and at her private studio in Brooklyn.

Reviews

“Flutist Roberta Michel performed her atmospheric effects particularly well (such as circular breathing, whistletones, and slap-tonguing), greatly heightening the piece’s effectiveness.”
(Feast of Music, May 2013)

“A stand-out for me (as a woodwind player) was the lush, full tones in the low register of Roberta Michel’s flute—even among the best professionals, not many flute players sound so compelling in a lower register.”
(I Care If You Listen, November 2012)

“The central duet is as taut but lighter, more vernal — an effect heightened on Friday by Roberta Michel’s birdlike flute playing.”
(The New York Times, November 2011)

“…performed well, both musically and theatrically.”
(Hudson Sounds, May 2011)

“…extreme adventurousness..riveted with her performance, inspiring one to want a repeated hearing. Michel showed us she is a solid craftsman (or craftswoman) as well, having the wherewithal to perform later 20th and early 21st century music with technical and musical conviction. She deserves attention for her bold choices.”
(New York Concert Review, Spring 2008)