2014 2:00 pm
Guest Recital: Nancy Allen, harp
Kresge Theatre, College of Fine Arts
5000 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
Principal Harpist of the New York Philharmonic, Nancy Allen will give a guest recital featuring the works of Respighi, Fauré, Jean-Philippe Rameau, François Couperin, and more.
Free and open to the public
Hailed by the New York Times, as "a major artist" following her New York recital debut in 1975, Nancy Allen joined the New York Philharmonic in June of 1999 as Principal Harpist. She maintains a busy international concert schedule as well as heading the harp departments of The Juilliard School and the Aspen Music Festival and School.
In addition, Ms. Allen appears regularly with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. In May 2000, Ms. Allen was featured in the Philharmonic's United States premiere of Siegfried Matthus' Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra, with Music Director Kurt Masur and Principal Flute Robert Langevin.
Ms. Allen's busy performing schedule includes solo appearances at major international festivals, and has featured collaborations with soprano Kathleen Battle, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, guitarist Manuel Barrueco, and flutist Carol Wincenc. She is a member of the trio “Les Amies” with Ms. Wincenc and NY Philharmonic principal violist Cynthia Phelps. She has appeared on PBS' Live From Lincoln Center with The Chamber Music Society, as well as with Ms. Battle, and has performed as a recitalist for "Music at the Supreme Court" in Washington, D.C. Ms. Allen's recording of Ravel's Introduction and Allegro with the Tokyo Quartet, flutist Ransom Wilson, and clarinetist David Shifrin received a Grammy Award nomination; she can also be heard on Sony Classical, Deutsche Grammophon, and CRI.
Ms. Allen is a native of New York, where she studied with Pearl Chertok and undertook private studies on piano and oboe. The summer of 1972 took her to Paris, where she studied with Lily Laskine. During that same year, she entered The Juilliard School to study with Marcel Grandjany. In 1973, Ms. Allen won the Fifth International Harp Competition, in Israel, and was later awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Award.
A teacher for more than 35 years, Ms. Allen's students hold positions in prominent orchestras around the world. She currently resides in New York, while her twenty-two-year-old daughter Claire is a graduate of Yale and presently working towards a Master of Music degree at Jacobs School of Music, IU, playing cello.