Pianist Susan Manoff was born in New York of Latvian and German descent. She studied at the Manhattan School of Music and at the University of Oregon. Intensive studies with Gwendoline Koldofsky in the art song repertoire led her to become one of the most sought-after pianists of her generation. In addition to her interest in the vocal repertoire, Susan Manoff is a passionate advocate of chamber music. She performs regularly at major international festivals and concert halls such as Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Théâtre du Châtelet, Salle Gaveau, Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus, Musikverein, Oji Hall. Susan Manoff is a regular guest of France Musique. Musical curiosity and love for theatre have inspired Susan Manoff’s involvement in the creation of numerous programmes blending music and text. Her partners have been Jean Rochefort, Fabrice Luchini and Marie-Christine Barrault and she has been directed by Hans Jürgen Syberberg and Joël Jouanneau.
Susan Manoff has recorded for the labels Naïve, Decca, Virgin, Arion, Valois and Aparte. In 2007 she recorded her first CD with Sandrine Piau, entitled ‘Evocation’, and a second recording, 'Après un Rêve', was released in March 2011 (Naïve.) Susan Manoff’s recording with long term musical partner Nemanja Radulovic is dedicated to the violin and piano sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven (Decca, 2010). Her album, "La Belle Excentrique", with soprano Patricia Petibon, was released in autumn of 2014 (Deutsche Grammophon) . She recorded the album 'Néère' with partner Véronique Gens for the label Alpha Classics ; it is dedicated to composers Henri Duparc, Ernest Chausson and Reynaldo Hahn and received the prestigious Gramophone Award 2016. The latest CD, 'Chimère', with soprano Sandrine Piau was released to critical acclaim earlier this year on the label Alpha Classics. Susan Manoff was assistant chorus director at the Bastille Opera and is presently a professor at the Conservatoire National de Musique et de Danse de Paris. In 2011, she was named Chevalier des Arts et Des Lettres by the Cultural Ministry of France.