Susan Ottzen

susan400x500Susan Ottzen is an accomplished harpist whose extensive experience includes classical repertoire as well as alternative styles such as jazz and blues. She is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Institute of Music where she received her Bachelor of Music. She moved to Atlanta to play with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Robert Shaw and has performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, as well as orchestras in New York City, New Orleans, Boston and Nashville. Susan also freelances frequently, helping open the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta and playing in their gourmet restaurant for one year. In addition to playing harp and piano, she is an accomplished composer with grants from the Fulton County Arts Council and Georgia Council for the Arts, among others. She also has a large teaching studio. Her students perform at group lessons during the year and attend piano camp and harp camp in the summer. Susan’s arrangement of Stormy Weather is played on NPR’s Marketplace Radio (when the stocks are down). Most recently, she played harp as an extra for Tyler Perry Studios for a TV episode called “Reunited.” Susan is looking forward to a collaboration with Francine Reed recording Stevie Wonder songs with the Jez Graham Trio.