Praised as “trailblazing” by Feast of Sounds, cellist Mariel Roberts is quickly gaining recognition as a deeply dedicated interpreter and performer of contemporary music. Roberts’ recent performances have garnered praise from American Composers Forum for her “technical flair and exquisite sensitivity” as well as from InDigest Magazine for her ability to “couple youthful vision with startling maturity”.
Roberts holds degrees from both the Eastman School and the Manhattan School of Music where she specialized in contemporary performance practice while studying with Alan Harris and Fred Sherry. She is a performer of international reach who has played throughout the U.S. and Europe appearing both as a soloist and with ensembles such as SIGNAL, Wet Ink Ensemble, Dal Niente, SEM Ensemble, the NouveauClassical Project and the Wordless Music Orchestra. Mariel’s premeire solo album, “nonextraneous sounds”, was released on Innova Records in September 2012. The record, consisting of brand new works commisioned by Roberts, received high accolades from sources such as TimeOut NY, TimeOut Chicago, the American Composers Forum, New Sounds with John Schaefer and WQXR radio.