Chris Allen joined the percussion section of the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1997. Since 2008, his duties have also included Associate Principal Timpani. Before coming to Pittsburgh, Mr. Allen performed for fourteen years as Principal
Timpanist of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra – beginning in 1983. He was also Principal Timpanist of the Grand Teton Music Festival from 1981 – 1988, and spent much time playing extra percussion in the Philadelphia Orchestra during the
years of 1980 – 1984, and 1990 – 1992.
Mr. Allen joined the faculty of Duquesne University in 1999, and since 2009 he has been
a member of the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University. Chris began his serious musical training as a freshman in high school when he attended The Juilliard School Pre-College Division, studying with David Fein. He then went on to
attend The Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Gerald Carlyss and Michael
Bookspan. He attended Graduate School at Temple University, studying with Alan Abel.
Christopher Allen Pittsburgh Symphony: Percussion & Associate Principal Timpani
Carnegie Mellon University & Duquesne University: Percussion Faculty