Susan Robinson is the principal harpist of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, a position she has held since 1995. She also served as the principal harpist of the Boston ‘POPS’ Esplanade Orchestra, with whom she has toured the Far East and the US, for many years, and performs with the Boston Symphony as often as her schedule permits. Susan has also 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 (www.ibischambermusic.org). Based in Arlington VA, IBIS presents between 6-10 concerts every season and 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 Sacrée et Profane on IBIS' most recent 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 the following season. Susan has also soloed with the Newton (MA) Symphony, 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.