Roberto Arundale

Cello Teacher

Roberto Arundale

SAA Member


Basalt, CO
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From Fairbanks, Alaska, Salvadoran-American cellist Roberto Arundale (pronounced ‘air-run-dale’) is a highly sought-after musician, pedagogue, recording artist, and entrepreneur. As an avid soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player, Roberto has concertized in the United States and Europe collaborating with musicians spanning all musical genres including Edgar Meyer, the Indigo Girls, members of the Ying Quartet, and Amos Lee. Roberto has garnered awards and top prizes in competitions across the United States, most recently as finalist and winner of the audience award at the Ekstrand Competition. At home as a principal cellist, Roberto has led the cello sections of many orchestras including the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bowdoin Festival Orchestra, and the CU Boulder Symphony Orchestra. A champion of new music, Roberto recently released, Confluencia: Music of Latin America, an album featuring composers Gabriela Lena Frank, Mario Lavista, and José Bragato. Roberto’s performances have been broadcasted on public television and the radio.

An educator in high demand, Roberto has taught cello performance majors and has lectured as a teaching assistant at the University of Colorado Boulder, and has completed Suzuki training for Units 1-10. Roberto recently served a year in Americorps’ program, ArtistYear, as a teaching artist at Sopris Elementary in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

Roberto holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and he is completing his Doctorate at the University of Colorado Boulder. Roberto performs on an exemplary cello made by American luthier James McKean.

Roberto resides in Basalt, Colorado in the Roaring Fork Valley teaching a talented private studio as well as serving as the chamber music instructor at the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork and at the Aspen Music Festival and School’s Beginning Strings program.

In addition to music, Roberto other interests include sushi, ping-pong, poker strategy, Scrabble, and chess.