Described as "Sklar, a master of control and dynamics, conjured up delicious imagery...rich, pure sound." by The Boston Globe, Pamela Sklar is a sought-after flutist for her beautiful, pure tone and engaging, versatile musicianship. For more than three decades she played on recordings for many well-known artists on albums, broadcasts, for film, TV scores and jingles for composers and arrangers including Don Sebesky, Robert Miller, Jorge Calandrelli and producers including Phil Ramone.
As a studio musician Pamela can be heard on recordings for Paul Simon (So Beautiful or So What) Tony Bennett (Duets I & II) & Lady Gaga (Cheek to Cheek), Natalie Cole, and Aretha Franklin with whom she performed as principal flute for the Grammy Awards. With the orchestra for Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, she performed at Live from Lincoln Center (PBS), and was requested by John Pizzarelli to play alto flute for his Midnight McCartney recording which was suggested by Sir Paul McCartney. Various additional collaborations include appearances at clubs, festivals and major New York venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's halls, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Bethel Woods, Caramoor and orchestras for Broadway shows.
As flute soloist with award-winning French crossover composer and jazz pianist Claude Bolling for eleven seasons, her highly acclaimed performances included tours throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, Paris and Morocco. Performances included Monsieur Bolling's Suite for Flute and Jazz-Piano Trio (written for and recorded with Jean-Pierre Rampal) which remained Number One on the Billboard charts for ten years. Other co-featured artists with whom she appeared on tours included Hubert Laws, Larry Coryell and Jack Wilkins.
Other tours included Pamela playing flute and piccolo through Japan and the USA for five seasons with the New York Ragtime Orchestra ensemble, featuring music of the early 1900's.
Exciting performances also include(d) principal/solo flute with legendary jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck in many New York and regional presentations of his chamber orchestra-choral pageant La Fiesta de la Posata; repeated appearances in ensembles with tenor Andrea Bocelli for national television; and concerts with composer Alan Hovhaness including the Metropolitan Museum of Art where she was principal flute in a program of the late composer's works. Additional performance highlights include the Grammy Awards with violinist Gil Shaham; the JVC Jazz Festival orchestra for Herbie Hancock at Carnegie Hall, Quincy Jones; the first televised Annual Songwriters' Hall of Fame Awards playing piccolo for Joel Grey, and playing the flute solo on Octavarium with Dream Theater for their tour Score at Radio City Music Hall.
Additional recording credits include the soundtrack for the Haydn Planetarium's featured Dark Universe Space Show, other films and TV shows including Shaft II, Working Girl, Anastasia, Ugly Betty, Blue Bloods and international cable television shows which include her flute improvisations.
A collaborative artist, Pamela was flutist and co-director with Joseph Rutkowski of the nationally recognized and acclaimed ensemble L'Aréma for many years. Her ensemble co-featured original arrangements in conjunction with Leonard Bernstein, worked closely with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Karel Husa and premiered numerous new works written for or in conjunction with L'Aréma by American composers including Jack Gottlieb..
Pamela Sklar collaborates with Laura Falzon in the duo 2Flutes, performing Pam's original music and other new works for various flutes (piccolo to bass flute and Native American flute) by New York-area composers. The winner of two grant awards from New York Women Composers for performances and their debut recording of New York Tapestries, 2Flutes' album release event will be presented on September 25th.
Other ongoing musical collaborations include Angels in the Chamber, a prog-rock, classical, pop and improvisational band co-featuring originals and group arrangements: as well as Intuition Quartet which co-features vocals and instrumentals of originals, blues, R&B, bossa nova and other styles: Each of Pam's groups has released a debut album recently.
In schools, Pamela presents Flute Meditation Programs independently for children. In non-educational settings, her classes are tailored to adults. For all groups she plays Native American flute, flute and/or alto flute and directs her listeners to help them relax, breathe more slowly and reduce stress. Pamela can also be heard playing different flutes for Loving Meditations
With her private students and/or colleagues in Pam's Pipers (since the late 1970's), she works with children and gives back to her community with annual presentations of classical, world music, and arrangements of songs for different holidays, in shelters, hospitals, senior centers, homes and other venues. She also gives solo educational performance presentations for pre-schoolers at Head Start in Westchester County.
Born in New York City to a family of professional musicians -a first cousin was famed violinist Michael Rabin, Pamela first began playing the flute around the age of five and studied at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree with Honors in performance from the Mannes College of Music (aka The New School)and studied with NY Philharmonic principals John Wummer and Julius Baker, Eleanor Lawrence, Samuel Baron and Karl Kraber. Pam also studied and performed in master classes with the esteemed mentor and flutist Marcel Moyse, formerly the last living legacy of the French Flute School. Pam lives in Westchester County, NY, with her husband Michael.