Dane Roberts first encountered the COE as a Double-Bass student in Vienna in 1984. He became a member in 1986 coinciding with the beginning of the complete Schubert Symphony recordings with Claudio Abbado and the Orchestra's first musical encounter with Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
His teachers have included Milton Kestenbaum, Johannes Auersperg, José Vasquez and Franco Petracchi. While still studying in Vienna, he became interested in the history and development of stringed bass instruments and in historical performance practice in general. He has since become an active player, collaborator and teacher in the early music movement combining this with his membership in the COE.
In 2009, he became a member of the Freiburger Barockorchester and additionally has worked regularly with numerous leading ensembles including Musica Antiqua Köln, The Orchestra of the 18th Century, Anima Eterna, Concentus Musicus Wien, Concerto Köln, Tafelmusik, Collegium Vocale, The Rare Fruits Council, Stylus Phantasticus, Concerto Vocale, Group Diversion and Harmonie Universelle.
Freelance work outside of early music has included projects with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Ensemble Modern, Das Ensemble der Mozartwoche, Camerata Salzburg and the Berlin Philharmonic, as well as regular chamber music concerts.
Dane Roberts teaches Double Bass and Historical Bass/Violone at the Kunst Universität, Graz and the Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt.