The American recorder and traverso player, musical director and music pedagogie, Gwyn Roberts, earned her AB from Bryn Mawr College and her performer's certificate from Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands, where she studied recorder with Leo Meilink and Marion Verbruggen and Baroque flute with Marten Root.
Gwyn Roberts leads a rather improbable life performing, teaching, coaching, directing and communicating about the music she loves. Together with lutenist Richard Stone, she is a founding (1996) director of Tempesta di Mare - Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra, “one of America’s GREAT period instrument bands” (Fanfare), and leads the ensemble in performances from Oregon to Prague, annual recordings for Chandos (UK), and frequent appearances on NPR’s Performance Today.. Other recordings include Deutsche Grammaphon, Dorian, Sony Classics, Vox, PolyGram, PGM, Newport Classics, and Radio France.
Gwyn Roberts' soloist engagements include the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Hesperus, Recitar Cantando of Tokyo, the Washington Bach Consort (Director: J. Reilly Lewis) and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. She is in demand as a master-class teacher, with recent engagements at the Curtis Institute of Music, the Amherst Early Music Festival, the Hartt School of Music and the Oregon Bach Festival. American Record Guide called her “a world-class virtuoso”, and the Washington Post remarked, “with her sparkling technique and sensitive attention to musicality, she infused the music with operatic drama.” Her recording of Veracini Recorder Sonatas earned a five-star rating from BBC Music Magazine..
Gwyn Roberts is Director of Early Music at the University of Pennsylvania since 1993 (Director of Penn's baroque ensembles and recorder consort.) and is on faculty at Peabody Conservatory since 1996 (teaches recorder majors and minors, plus early woodwind lit, recorder consort, Baroque ensemble and Baroque flute class). She is also on the Faculty of Amherst Early Music Festival since 1996. She has also taught recorder and directed ensembles at Swarthmore College, Haverford College and the University of Delaware and at numerous workshops and summer festivals. She currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.