Pamela de Almeida - Principal Cello
Pamela de Almeida is a native of Long Beach, CA, and a graduate of Occidental College, where she was a student of Joseph Di Tullio. Throughout her career, she has been a member of professional symphony orchestras in four countries including the Birmingham Symphony, Alabama (Assistant Principal), the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonia of Auckland, New Zealand (Assistant Principal), and the Sao Paulo Municipal Theater Orchestras (Brazil) and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Australia (Assistant Principal). While in New Zealand and Australia, she was a National Recording Artist of the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. In New Zealand and Australia, she also performed as soloist with several orchestras and performed, toured and recorded extensively as a chamber musician, as well as taught at a number of music schools and summer festivals.
After returning to California, she was the cello coach for the Cal State University Northridge Youth Orchestras for 10 years, as well as maintaining her own private instruction studio. She has always enjoyed equally her role as a cello instructor and coach, as well as a performer of both symphonic and chamber music. As a freelance cellist in California, she has performed with numerous symphony orchestras and is currently the Principal Cellist of the Moorpark Symphony Orchestra and the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra. She is also a tenured member of the New West Symphony, the California Philharmonic Orchestra, the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic and the Desert Symphony. Since 2008, she has been a member of I Musici D'Amore, a piano trio based in Camarillo, CA, as well as frequent performer on the Edendale Library Close Up Concert Series and the Glendale Noon Concert Series.