Flutist Roberta Michel is equally at home playing classical and new music. I Care If You Listen has extolled flutist Roberta Michel’s “lush, full tones… even among the best professionals, not many flute players sound so compelling in a lower register.” Praising her “extreme adventurousness,” New York Concert Review said she “riveted with her performance, inspiring one to want a repeated hearing.” Michel is a founding member of the Cadillac Moon Ensemble, a quartet of unusual instrumentation dedicated to commissioning and performing new works. To date, the group has commissioned over sixty pieces.
Michel has performed with groups including Duo RoMi (with pianist Mirna Lekic), the Portland String Quartet, ECCE, SEM Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Wordless Music Orchestra, Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, Lunatics at Large, Kagel Nacht, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, Cheyenne Symphony, and the Greeley Philharmonic in venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tulley Hall, Merkin Hall, The Kennedy Center, Bargemusic (with tenor Robert White), and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As a guest artist, Michel has appeared at Bloomsburg University and the University of Southern Maine. She has recorded on New Dynamic Records, Meta, Bridge, and Innova Records.
Michel has been a Bang on a Can Summer Institute fellow and a participant in the Institute and Festival of Contemporary Performance at Mannes College, as well as participating in festivals at Banff and Domaine Forget. Michel recently won the Artists International Special Presentation Award and was presented in her debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Other awards include: National Flute Association’s Graduate Research Competition, Purchase College’s Baroque Concerto Competition, Bay Chamber Summer Music Woodwind Prize, Dante Alighieri Society of Denver Music Scholarship, and the Emily K. Rand Award.
Michel holds a Bachelor of Music with highest honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a Master of Music from SUNY-Purchase College, and Doctor of Musical Arts from the City University of New York Graduate Center. Her teachers include Robert Dick, Tara Helen O’Connor, Alexa Still, and Jean Rosenblum. Michel resides in Brooklyn, New York and teaches at Great Neck Music Conservatory, St. Francis College, and Fairfield University.
“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)