Susan Manoff

Pianist and chorus conductor (New-York)

Susan Manoff was the assisting chorus conductor at the Opéra de Paris. She is now a teacher at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris.

Susan Manoff started by studying the piano and chamber music at the Manhattan School of Music and at the University of Oregon. She carried on her education with Gwendoline Kozlowski, which allowed her to go further with her education on lied and melody. She won the Lilian and Paul Petri competition for foreign study as a soloist and accompanist and then moved to France where she worked with Gaby Casadesus and Noël Lee. In 1985, she was hired as a role professor at the Ecole d’Art Lyrique de l’Opéra de Paris and assisted Hans Potter and Christa Ludwig during all their classes. Her work then led her to the Bavarian State Opera, the Capitole of Toulouse and the Guildhall in London.

Very fond of chamber music, Susan Manoff regularly plays in festivals and great venues such as the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Salle Gaveau, the Wigmore Hall, the Carnegie Hall, the Konzerthaus Wien and does so besides lyrical artists like Véronique Gens, Patricia Petibon, Vincent LeTexier, Natalie Dessay, Hélène Delavault or Christa Ludwig. Great lover of the theater, she also created several shows mixing music and text, for which she played with Jean Rochefort, Fabrice Luchini and Marie-Christine Barrault. Her eclectic discography includes a recording dedicated to Johannes Brahms with the vocal ensemble Miquel Piquemal, an album dedicated to the French melody with Elizabeth Vidal, a record of American music with the soprano Patricia Petibon and more recently an album dedicated to Beethoven's sonatas with young violinist Nemanja Radulovic.

Five landmark dates in the life of Susan Manoff

1984-1985: accompanist and tutor for Rita Streich at the Centre d’insertion professionnelle d’art lyrique of Marseille.

1985: became a role professor at the Ecole d’Art Lyrique de l’Opéra de Paris.

1994-1995: vocal coordinator for the Verbier festival and Academy.

1995:  performed as the Festival Présences de Radio France, besides Pierre-Yves Artaud in "Le nom de Bach" of Philippe Fénelon.

2007:  recorded the album "Évocation" with Sandrine Piau, then "Après un Rêve", a second opus released in 2011 (Naïve).

Radio France documentation biography, September 2014.