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A proponent of, and advocate for, 21st century composition, Allen frequently performs on his own albums and recordings while also commissioning other contemporaries to write works for him.
Allen is a viola substitute with the New York City Ballet for the 2021–2022 season. Allen has given solo performances to great acclaim at the Banff Centre and Strathmore Music Center of which included the NY, European, and Canadian premieres of Judith Shatin's Penelope's Song for electronics and viola. Allen has been the only violist to perform all of Shatin's solo works for viola on the same evening since their individual premieres (in recital with the solo works for viola of Ruth Schonthal). Allen has also concertized with fellow legendary violist Karen Ritscher, "bang on a can", and many other contemporary music groups throughout New York City.
Allen has performed at major halls throughout the USA including Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium, David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, The Allen Room, Symphony Space, 54 Below, Green Room 42, and many other recital venues. As the associate principal viola for The Little Orchestra Society Allen has been a soloist with the El Paso Symphony and Choral Chameleon. Allen has also performed for Philip Glass, The New York Pops, The Who, The Eagles, Pink Martini, and in Tootsie and Misery on Broadway, as well as many Off-Broadway productions, and on several albums and soundtracks.
As an educator, Allen has been Adjunct Faculty in violin and viola at New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development since 2012. He is currently a PhD candidate examining mathematics and fractal-like development in György Ligeti's Sonate pour Viola (1991–1994) through musical, rhythmic, and linguistic perception. With degrees from New York University (PhD(c); M.M. with Honors), Brigham Young University (B.M. with Honors) and graduate studies at Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, Allen's principal teachers include Stephanie Baer, Dr. Claudine Bigelow, Masao Kawasaki, and Dr. Catharine Carroll.
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