Susan Robinson, harp
Susan Robinson is the principal harpist of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, a position she has held since 1995. She also served for many years as the principal harpist of the Boston ‘POPS’ Esplanade Orchestra, with whom she toured the Far East and the US, and performed frequently with the Boston Symphony. Previously, Susan served as the acting principal harpist of Tampa’s Florida Orchestra and the Sarasota Opera Festival.
Avid performers of chamber music, Susan and her husband, violinist Joseph Scheer, are the founders of the IBIS Chamber Music Society . Based in Arlington VA, IBIS has been praised as "splendid" and "compelling" by the Washington Post. Susan is featured on the IBIS cd "Souvenir: Music for Violin and Harp", and performs the Handel Concerto for Harp and the Debussy Danses Sacree et Profane on another IBIS release, "IBIS x 2".
Among Susan’s solo engagements are performances of Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall with the Opera House Orchestra under Heinz Fricke, and with the Virginia Chamber Orchestra and Emil de Cou. She was re-engaged to perform the Debussy Danses with the Virginia Chamber Orchestra this fall. Susan performed William Alwyn's Lyra Angelica with the Newton (MA) Symphony, and has also appeared as soloist with the Indian Hill Symphony, the New Hampshire Philharmonic, the Rhode Island Chamber Orchestra, and the Dedham (MA) Choral Society.
Susan is a graduate of Harvard University with a cum laude degree in Art History and French Literature. She also holds an Artist Diploma in Harp Performance from the Boston University School for the Arts, where she was a student of Lucile Lawrence. She and Joseph are the parents of Lillie and Nathanael.