Erika Allen, a native of Blue Hill, Maine, began her musical studies at age 7. In May 2011 she received her master's degree in collaborative piano at Juilliard, as a student of Jonathan Feldman and Margo Garrett. There, Ms. Allen was awarded the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship, James Friskin Scholarship, and Howard & Ethel B. Ross Piano Scholarship. In the spring of 2008, she completed a master's degree in solo piano performance at New England Conservatory as an Agnes Lindsay Scholar, under the tutelage of Vivian Weilerstein. Ms. Allen received her bachelor's degree from Oberlin Conservatory where she studied with Angela Cheng.
An avid chamber musician and collaborator, Ms. Allen has performed with numerous artists including soprano Dawn Upshaw, French hornist Julie Landsman, violinist Ray Chen, violist Peter Barsony, members of the Metropolitan Opera/Orchestra, and members of the Cassatt Quartet. She has served as a staff pianist for Sejong International Music Festvial at the Curtis Institute, Bowdoin Music Festival, Juilliard, New England Conservatory, Bard, and Boston Conservatory. In past summers, she has attended Fontainebleau Music Festival, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Banff, Eastern Music Festival, and Bowdoin International Music Festival.
Ms. Allen has made recent appearances at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and Saugerties Pro Musica. She has performed in several concert series including Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, ME, Cape Cod Chamber Music Series, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Blue Hill Concert Association Winter Series, and Shandelee Music Festival. Additionally, she has performed with Juilliard and Oberlin orchestras. Allen has premiered pieces and worked closely with composers such as David Del Tredici. She has played for numerous recordings, competitions and recitals with various instrumentalists and singers.
Ms. Allen served on the faculty of Bard College/Conservatory and Pre-College from 2014-2018. Prior to this role as a professor, she served as a staff pianist and participant of Bard’s Collaborative Piano Fellow program. Allen currently resides in Tampa where she is working at the University of a Southern Florida.