Susan Allen

A native of Santa Barbara, California, Susan Allen is well known internationally for her performances of new and improvised music. Her appearances have included concerts on the NBC Today Show, National Public Radio (with the Vermeer String Quartet), Gaudeamus International Music Week in Rotterdam, the Festival de Caracas, the London (Ontario) Regional Art Gallery, New York Philharmonic's “Horizons” concerts, the Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt, Germany, at the Kitchen Center in New York, Carnegie Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, Weill Recital Hall, the Smithsonian Institute, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Los Angeles Festival, the nationwide Festival of Korea, Monday Evening Concerts, with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Speculum Musicae, SONOR from the University of California at San Diego, and in Boston with Composers in Red Sneakers, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Cambridge Chamber Players, and Musica Viva. Long-term collaborations with composers James Tenney, Earl Kim, Mel Powell, Harold Budd, John Cage, Ruth Lomon, Morton Feldman, William Thomas McKinley, Pierre Boulez and many others have yielded her premieres, performances and recordings of major 20th and 21st century repertoire for harp. Of her solo concert debut featuring many new works, the New York Times wrote, “sheer physical virtuosity…sensitive, expertly played.”

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