was born in Sutton Coldfield near Birmingham in 1964. Both her parents
are musical and encouraged her musical education from an early age; she
joined her first orchestra at nine years old. In 1977, aged 12, she
won the Beryl Chempin prize for the highest marks for grade 7 piano
( Associated Board), followed by the Eliza Avins scholarship to
the Birmingham Conservatoire Junior department to study piano with Marjorie
Hazlehurst. This scholarship paid her tuition fees for three years. During
this period she attained her grade 8 piano (132 marks), grade
8 viola (140 marks, an unusually high distinction) and grade 8 theory.
She was in great demand as a viola player playing principal viola
in the Birmingham Schools Symphony Orchestra and The Academy of St Philip's
Chamber Orchestra. The Academy specialised in Mozart, Haydn and their conteporaries
as well as performing Bach and Handle with great energy and style. It is
here that her love for the small-orchestra repertoire began. Aged 15 she
won the BRMB Radio competition, which was broadcast live on British
radio. This gave her 100 pounds a year for 3 years for musical tuition.
That same year she took part in the BBC 'Fun With Music' broadcasts
playing two piano pieces in each of seven programmes for children's education.
She performed many concerts on both viola and piano including Mozart's
24thpiano concerto in Birmingham Town
Hall at only seventeen years old.
In 1982 she
left Sutton Girls School with 9 "O" levels and 3 "A" levels (AAC
grades) to attend the Royal College of Music, London. Here she studied
piano with Yonty Solomon and viola with Roger Best. Here also began
her interest in "authentic" performance practices of early classical music.
She studied "baroque" viola with Catherine Mackintosh, (the then leader
of the Academy of Ancient Music) and harpsichord with Robert Woolley (of
the Purcell Quartet). She was also a member of the RCM Chamber Orchestra,
Symphony Orchestra, and
ensemble which played new and avant garde music.
her ARCM (teacher's) and Dip RCM (performer's) she left the College
in 1986. Since then she has toured and recorded extensively with world-class
orchestras and chamber ensembles all over the world from Eastern and Western
Europe and America to Japan and Hong Kong. The ensembles include The
English Baroque Soloists (J.E. Gardiner) The English Concert (Trevor Pinnock),
London Baroque (Medlam), Florilegium, The Academy of Ancient Music (Hogwood)
The Sixteen (Christophers) and others. Examples of recordings
include: Bach's St. Mathew Passion, St John's Passion, Christmas Cantata
and many other Cantatas, Monteverdi's Orpheo, Handle's Jeptha, Israel In
Egypt and Dixit Dominus, Vivaldi's Gloria and his Vespers, many works by
Purcell including Dido and Aeneas and The Fairy Queen, Blow's Venus and
Adonis, 5 Mozart Operas, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Haydn's Creation
and Harmonie Mass, Mozart's Requiem and several of his Piano Concertos
and Symphonies... She loves playing the viol in The English Fantasy
of which she is a founder member, reflecting her interest in renaissance
music (recordings: Lupo
Consort Music and The
Image of Melancholy ; Dowland Lachrimae.
& info about the EF's music at Angela Voss' website ).
This brings her repertoire and experience from the 16thC to the present
In 1988 she
married Michael Moutoussis and had Eireni (1993) and Peter (1996). This
has kindled a new interest in teaching. She has given many master classes
for school and college instrumental ensembles around England, particularly
introducing young people to playing baroque music stylistically and musically.
She has had particular success with her very young pupils of 4/5 years
old both in piano tuition and also recorder ensemble for which she has
written her own method for this age. She is a member of the European
String Teachers Association and has a GCSE in understanding children.
In the year
2000 she has moved with her Greek husband to Athens but still keeps some
of her links with the London music world. The last English based concerts
she did (Aug. 2000) were part of John Eliot Gardiner's Bach Pilgrimage
performing cantatas and Brandenburg 3 in Hamburg for German
live television and radio. She has been a regular member of the Greek
"Orchestra of Colours" and played with the Camerata.
She teaches music at a Greek nursery and at St. Cathrerine's British Embassy
School in Athens.
Pamela has many
interests apart from music. They include gardening, learning Greek, supporting
various charities (Oxfam, World Vision, Sight Savers, MAP) and looking
after her two small children.