Allen began his piano training at age four, and began performing in public at his fourth grade talent show with a rousing - if inaccurate - rendition of Joplin's The Maple Leaf Rag. In 1986, he won first prize in the Victoria Clamen Young Instrumentalists Competition in Boston, soloed with orchestra in Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, and spent the summer after high school in the piano program at Boston University's prestigious Tanglewood Institute in Lenox, Massachusetts. Allen attended Harvard University and New England Conservatory, where he studied with Seth Kimmelman, and by the time of his graduation in 1990 had performed over ten recitals, music-directed umpteen theatre productions, and played piano for four years in Harvard's renowned Hasty Pudding Theatricals extravaganzas. Since moving to Los Angeles, Allen has performed regular recitals on both coasts - under the tutelage of Bernardo Segall, Deborah Aitken, and currently Mario Feninger. He was a prize winner in the 2002 LA Liszt Society Bi-Annual Competition, and he has produced and recorded four compact discs. This is Allen's third recording, made in 2002.