Recently praised by The National Flute Association's Flutist Quarterly Magazine as "hauntingly beautiful...full of colors...excellent...mastery. Sklar plays with a singing tone throughout and shows sensitivity and versatility with each combination of instruments she plays with", Pam's 1st original cd 'A Native American-Jazz Tribute' is fast becoming popular for its musically evocative quality. Currently recording her 2nd original CD, Pamela Sklar is described as "engaging...piquant...stimulating...delightful" (The New York Times) and "creative...superb" by Flute Talk. She collaborates with other artists playing different styles of music including Classical, world, blues, rock, jazz and composes chamber music for mixed instruments. She performed throughout the USA, Canada, France, Italy, Mexico, Morocco and Japan with various artists including renowned pianist & composer Claude Bolling, with whom she performed his Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio recorded by the legendary flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal. With monsieur Bolling she also appeared with jazz greats Hubert Laws and Jack Wilkins. Pamela also performed for many seasons as principal flute with world-renowned pianist & composer Dave Brubeck, as well as with Alan Hovhaness with whom she was a featured performer in a program of the composer's works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY.
Praised by The Boston Globe: "Sklar, a master of control and dynamics, conjured up delicious imagery...rich, pure sound", Pamela can be heard on recordings for many well-known artists including Paul Simon, Tony Bennett, Celine Dion and Natalie Cole, among others and can also be heard playing on soundtracks for films including Shaft II, Working Girl, Ugly Betty and many jingles. On major television networks she has appeared in ensembles with world famous tenor Andrea Bocelli. Pamela also performed a cameo role on CBS TV's As The World Turns.
A former director of the Nationally recognized trio L'Arema for many years, Pamela performed critically acclaimed original arrangements in conjunction with Leonard Bernstein and worked closely with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Karel Husa. Pamela's other performance highlights include the GRAMMY Awards in orchestras for Aretha Franklin and Gil Shaham; The JVC Jazz Festival orchestra with Herbie Hancock; the Annual Songwriters' Hall of Fame Awards with Joel Grey; orchestras for Broadway shows, plus solo & ensemble premieres for The National Flute Association NY and Washington, DC. A guest for many seasons in regional orchestras, Pamela also appears in recitals and gives clinics/master classes for elementary through high school students.
Pamela's new original CD, A Native American-Jazz Tribute (A Tune for America), was released in March, 2012. This features her playing flute, alto flute, bass flute and piccolo with colleagues performing on strings, winds, drums and percussion. Other compositions include commissions and many premieres by NY area ensembles including Englewinds, Threeds and Northern Westchester Flutes. Her composition Spell 166 is included in the Special Collection of The Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts.
Born into a family of professional musicians (a cousin was famed violinist Michael Rabin), Pamela Sklar first began playing the flute when she was five years old. She studied at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division and received her Bachelor of Music Degree with Honors in performance from the Mannes College of Music (aka The New School). Her teachers included NY Philharmonic principals John Wummer and Julius Baker, Samuel Baron, Karl Kraber and master classes with Marcel Moyse, formerly the last living legacy of the French School of Flute Playing.