Roberta Mielke plays principal keyboard for the Fort Collins Symphony and assists with its Young Artist Competition. She is also a member of the accompanying staff at Colorado State University.
Roberta received bachelors and masters degrees in mathematics from the University of Minnesota. During her younger years she was known primarily as a jazz pianist and she did not pursue music studies in college. After graduation she taught mathematics at the University of Minnesota, Macalester College and Colorado State University.
When the three Mielke children were young, Roberta began piano studies with the late Wendel Diebel, continuing as his student for over twenty years. During those years, she learned much of the repertoire of Debussy (a Diebel speciatly), Ravel, Prokofiev and, especially Mozart. As an adult student she learned all 18 of the Mozart sonatas and ten of his concerti.