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 expressive, versatile musicianship. For more than three decades she performed as a studio musician on albums for well-known artists including Paul Simon (So Beautiful or So What) Tony Bennett (Duets I & II) and 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 for PBS's Live from Lincoln Center and was requested later by John Pizzarelli to play alto flute for his Midnight McCartney recording which was suggested by Sir Paul McCartney.
Additional recording credits include the soundtrack for the Haydn Planetarium's featured Dark Universe Space Show, other films including Shaft 2000, Working Girl, Anastasia, and TV series such as Blue Bloods, Ugly Betty and international cable TV shows which include her flute improvisations. Pam's studio work also included broadcasts, films, TV scores and jingles for composers and arrangers including Grammy Award winners Don Sebesky and Jorge Calandrelli, Emmy Award winner Robert Miller and renowned producer Phil Ramone.
For eleven seasons as flute soloist with award-winning French crossover composer and jazz pianist Claude Bolling, 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 was at the top of the Billboard charts for ten years. Co-featured artists with whom she appeared on tour included Hubert Laws, Larry Coryell and Jack Wilkins. Other international & American 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.
Pam's appearances also included principal/solo flute performances with legendary jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck for many seasons in 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.
A collaborative musician, Pamela was flutist and co-director with Joseph Rutkowski of the nationally recognized and acclaimed ensemble L'Aréma for many years. Their 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 and David Deason.
Current exciting 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. Additional collaborations included 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 for Broadway orchestras.
A member of the duo 2Flutes with Laura Falzon, Pamela performs 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 was presented recently.
A diverse artist, Pam presents Flute Meditation Programs in various settings including schools, studios and homes. Her programs are tailored to varying groups and/or individuals as background music for meditation and yoga sessions. Pam also leads programs that soothe her listeners by giving them tools to relax, breathe more slowly and dissipate stress. Her silver and wood flutes include alto flute, Native American flute and bass flute. Pamela can also be heard playing different flutes for Loving Meditations.
With her private students and/or colleagues in Pam's Pipers, she performs with and for children/teens adults and seniors, giving back to her community by presenting classical, jazz &/or world music in shelters, hospitals, senior centers, homes and other venues. She also gives solo educational performance presentations for pre-schoolers at Head Start /Center for Learning 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 at age 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 Mannes School of Music/The New School) and studied with New York 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.