Harpist Susan Allen is internationally known for her premiere performances of new and improvised music. A renowned pedagogue of music and the most recent innovations in online education, she has lectured internationally and overseen many educational programs, both in the US and abroad. Her performances have included appearances on the NBC Today Show, National Public Radio with the Vermeer String Quartet, New York Philharmonic's Horizons Series, Carnegie, Weill, Alice Tully, Merkin and Symphony Space halls in New York, the Kitchen, the Smithsonian Institute, Gaudeamus Contemporary Music Week in the Netherlands, Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music, the Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt, Germany, Ecole Sauvage NALI in Paris, GEZ21 in St. Petersburg, Russia, Chilli Jazz in Austria and the Festival de Caracas, Venezuela. With jazz great Yusef Lateef she performed at the Los Angeles Festival, the Verona Jazz Festival in Italy, the World Music Institute's Concert Series in New York, the Jazz Bakery, and the Jazz and Blues All-Star Festival in Stockholm, Sweden.
Susan performs on the concert harp, the electric harp and the Kayagum (Korean zither). She has performed and toured with Russian pianist Roman Stolyar, SONOR, Composers in Red Sneakers, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Musica Viva, Speculum Musicae, and many orchestras. She has been active in studio recording in the Los Angeles area for Universal, Paramount, and Warner Brothers. She received grants from the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music, the Massachusetts Arts Council, the Gaudeamus Foundation and many other organizations. Her recordings are on the Flying Fish, Black Saint/Soul Note, 1750 Arch, Meta, Vox, Galaxia, Nonesuch, Ermatell, Naxos, pfMentum, Nine Winds and Opal/Warner Brothers labels. She holds a BFA from CalArts, and an MA and PhD from Schools on Borders.