"This is a nostalgic week for me. These are three pieces I first experienced in high school as an eager young orchestra musician. After graduate school I auditioned for the Minnesota Orchestra and Neville Marriner gave me my job in the violin section which I've treasured for over 30 years."
Since joining the Minnesota Orchestra in 1983—the same year she won the Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition—Pamela Arnstein has been a soloist, chamber musician and avid participant in education programs. With Sir Neville Marriner and the Orchestra, she performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in 1984; in 2006 she was a soloist in the premiere of Steve Heitzeg’s Peace Cranes for Three Solo Violins.
As chamber musician, Arnstein has performed at Sommerfest concerts and a chamber music series the Orchestra held at Walker Art Center, playing works by Mozart, Dvořák, Beethoven, Brahms, Barber, Revueltas and others.
Arnstein is active as an educator. Over the years, she has participated in the Minnesota Orchestra’s Adopt-a-School program, and through chamber performances she has represented the Orchestra in schools in Worthington, Perham and Fargo. She currently coaches violins in sectionals for all levels of the Minnesota Youth Symphonies and Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies. She also composes and arranges solo violin and chamber works for students. In addition, her commitment to education extends to working as a volunteer string teacher for underserved elementary students at Nellie Stone Johnson School in North Minneapolis, and to serving as a literacy tutor at her neighborhood school in Plymouth.
A native of Fargo, North Dakota, Arnstein holds degrees from the University of Illinois and the University of Wisconsin. She studied privately in London with Yfrah Neaman, as well as with Paul Rolland, Eduard Melkus, Norman Paulu and Isabelle Thompson.