Roberto Pace is a composer, music director, and pianist, who has achieved critical and popular success in the fields of concert music, theater music, and music for dance. He has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe, as well as in Canada and Japan.
Mr. Pace studied at the New England Conservatory of Music with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Donald Martino. He holds an M.F.A. in composition from SUNY Purchase, where he was awarded the Anthony Newman Prize for artistic and academic excellence.
Mr. Pace's recent commissions and performances include the American Opera Projects, The Greenwich Village Orchestra, the canonization of Padre Pio, the Viola Society of Philadelphia, the baroque/contemporary ensemble Melomanie, Relache, and Chamber Music Now!. He is currently commissioned to write a string quintet for the Elysian Camerata. His work has received public as well as critical success:"…a fantasm of shifting moods, featuring eloquent writing for strings" (NY Times); and " a kaleidoscope of colors wrapped in rhythms that leap with energy" (Philadelphia Inquirer).
He has served as music director and conductor at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's "Next Wave Festival", at La Mama Etc., and on tour throughout the United States. He has been pianist for many major dance companies and choreographers including the Dance Theater of Harlem, Jerome Robbins, Alvin Ailey, Suzanne Farrell, Peter Pucci, and Patrick Corbin.
A highly successful educator as well, Mr. Pace directed the music program of Fordham at Lincoln Center and lectured for the New York Philharmonic. He currently teaches theory and composition at the Settlement Music School of Philadelphia, and is on the faculty of Rowan University.