Susan Jolles is one of the foremost harpists in the United States. A founding member of the Naumburg award–winning Jubal Trio, she is presently solo and principal harpist with the New York Chamber Symphony, the American Composers Orchestra, the Little Orchestra Society, Musica Viva, and the Group for Contemporary Music. In addition, she is an associate member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and appears with her daughter, Renée, a violinist, in the Jolles Duo.
Ms. Jolles is a frequent guest artist with such groups as the New Jersey Chamber Music Society, the New York Concert Singers, and the Mohawk Trail Concerts. She was also harpist for many prestigious organizations no longer active, among them, the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, Music Today, and the Juilliard Ensemble under Luciano Berio.
Susan Jolles is represented by an impressive discography. Three albums of French music with oboist Humbert Lucarelli are heard almost daily on radio stations from coast to coast. Her recording of Henze’s Carillon, Recitatif, Masque is used by the composer to showcase his compositions. Ms. Jolles performed on two albums which received Grammy awards: Ancient Voices of Children (Contemporary Chamber Ensemble), and Dawn Upshaw’s first album with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Her recordings with the Jubal Trio stand as a rich archival source for emerging composers and performers.
Susan Jolles’s diversity as a musician is exemplified by her collaboration with klezmer artist Giora Feldman. Together they have performed at many venues including the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center. Many of the pieces from the repertory were recorded for two albums. She was honored to be part of a documentary about Mr. Feldman produced by a Hamburg, Germany television station.
Since receiving a Fromm Fellowship in the performance of twentieth-century music in 1963, Ms. Jolles has been recognized as a gifted interpreter of contemporary music. Such composers as Elliot Carter, Luciano Berio, George Crumb, and Charles Wuorinen have chosen her to present their works.
Susan Jolles is on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music, the Mannes College of Music and Adelphi University. Ms. Jolles has arranged many compositions for harp, several of which are published by the International Music Company. She maintains a studio with her husband, composer Jerome Jolles, in Forest Hills, New York.