Roberta Hansen Downey grew up in Seattle and Tacoma. She earned her Bachelor of Music at the University of Southern California, studying cello with Gabor Rejto, and continued her cello studies with Cordelia Wikarski-Miedel. She was a winner of the Northwest Young Artist Competition and the Don Bushell Concerto Competition. She joined the Northwest Chamber Orchestra in 1978, and joined the Seattle Symphony in 1982. After her first six seasons with the Orchestra, Roberta took time off to earn her Master's Degree in Performance at the Eastman School of Music. She is a frequent guest artist on the Second City Chamber series in Tacoma.
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