Elizabeth Allen began her piano studies at age six and gave her first recital at age eight. As a child she performed throughout Texas and Mexico. Summers she attended Interlochen Arts Academy and studied privately in London with Ilona Kabos. On scholarship, she received a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music from the University of Texas at Austin where she was a teaching assistant. She studied with Claude Frank and performed solo and chamber music in Aspen Music Festival for five summers and was teaching assistant to John Perry. She did post graduate work in chamber music with Felix Galimir at Lincoln Center’s Juilliard School in New York and later joined the staff there as chamber musician.
Elizabeth Allen became known to the public in New York through her regular performances at Lincoln Center, specifically in the Alice Tully Hall series of concerts. Her success in New York led to concert tours of the most important cities in the United States, and to a series of radio broadcast concerts throughout the country on National Public Radio. She was chosen by Exxon Corporation to participate in the Affiliate Artists program to tour the U.S. and also toured with Columbia Community Concerts of Columbia Artists Management. She was selected by the U.S. State Department to play concerts abroad for diplomatic functions and public solo concerts.
After many years of musical association with Leonard Bernstein, Elizabeth Allen premiered in Europe his piano solo piece, “Touches”. Other composers with whom she has worked include Aaron Copland, George Crumb, Donald Keats, and New York Philharmonic laureates, Michael Colgrass, Jacob Druckman, and David Amram. Many pieces have been dedicated and composed for her for both solo and chamber music.
Today the well-known pianist gives concerts in the major cities of Europe, where she has lived for the past thirty years. She has played as soloist with the principal orchestras of France, Italy, Switzerland, and Portugal and has participated in the main festivals of Europe: (France) Cannes, Nice, Menton, Sceaux (Paris); (Italy) Tartinni, Padova;(Portugal) Sintra, Algarve, Coimbra, Porto, Madeira, Figueira da Foz; (Sardinia) Alghero.
She was the founder, artistic director and principal fund raiser for the following festivals: Chateau d’Entrecasteaux, (France 1980-86), Nestlé Festival (Sintra, Portugal 1986-89), Da Vinci (Queluz Palace, Portugal 1989-90), Évora Classical Festival (Portugal 1991-2000), Tangiers Festival (Morrocco 1998-99) and, currently, Festival Perigord (France) and Quinta da Encosta (Portugal).
Professor at the University of Évora between 1996 and 2010, she created the five-year program for pianists and chamber music ensembles. She is one of the three professors who created the University of Évora Orchestra.
Discs and recordings include: Trio da Vinci, Piano Trios of Brahms and Dvorak, Adda Records-Paris, Kurt Weil, Orchestra Gulbenkian, Maestro Michel Swierczewski, Nimbus-London National Public Radio. Live solo concerts: RAI-Rome and Milano solo concerts Radio France, France Musique, France Culture solo concerts live and recorded TV 2 Chanel 2 France TV solo concerts CBC Canadian Radio, chamber music concerts RTP 2 and RDP 2, Lisbon radio and television, live and recorded concerts.
Besides her career as a pianist and professor, Ms Allen has worked with world renoun theatrical director, Peter Brook and appeared in a film about Katherine Mansfield with Sir John Gilgeud and Jane Birkin. Her native language is English. She is bi-lingual in French, and speaks Portuguese and Spanish.