About

Photo: Claire Stefani
Photo: Claire Stefani

Ken Allen

Violist Ken Allen is a founding member of Trio Notturno, as well as a member of the American String Teachers Association, American Viola Society, Boston Musicians' Association, and Early Music America. Ken is an active chamber and orchestral musician and has performed with many ensembles in the Greater Boston area and beyond, including (among others):

  • Apollo Ensemble
  • Atlantic Symphony Orchestra
  • Boston New Music Initiative
  • Boston Opera Collaborative
  • Cape Symphony
  • Charles River Sinfonietta
  • Commonwealth Lyric Theater
  • Great Woods Symphony Orchestra
  • Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra
  • Lexington Symphony
  • MassOpera
  • Melrose Symphony Orchestra
  • MetroWest Opera
  • MIT Women's Chorale
  • New England Classical Singers
  • New England Philharmonic
  • Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Apollo Ensemble
  • Atlantic Symphony Orchestra
  • Boston New Music Initiative
  • Boston Opera Collaborative
  • Cape Symphony
  • Charles River Sinfonietta
  • Commonwealth Lyric Theater
  • Great Woods Symphony Orchestra
  • Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra
  • Lexington Symphony
  • MassOpera
  • Melrose Symphony Orchestra
  • MetroWest Opera
  • MIT Women's Chorale
  • New England Classical Singers
  • New England Philharmonic
  • Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra

After completing undergraduate and graduate degrees in English at UNC-Chapel Hill and at Harvard and then working at the Boston College Law Library, Ken earned his Master of Music degree in viola performance from the Boston Conservatory, where he studied with Lila Brown and Leonard Matczynski. He also studied string pedagogy with Rictor Noren and was coached in chamber ensembles by Lynn Chang and Ina Zdorovetchi at the Boston Conservatory. He has performed in master classes for Julie Andrijeski, Amadi Azikiwe, Sylvia Berry, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Elizabeth Blumenstock, Sheila Browne, Helen Callus, Levon Chilingirian, Gabriela Diaz, Susan Dubois, Michael Finnissy, Vinko Globokar, John Harbison, Jeffrey Irvine, the Jupiter String Quartet, Kim Kashkashian, Michelle LaCourse, Robert Mealy, Aisslinn Nosky, Karl Paulnack, Karen Ritscher, and Carol Rodland.

Ken has also studied viola with David Rubinstein, Gillian Rogell, and Anne Hooper Webb, as well as baroque viola with Jane Starkman. He is also a classically trained pianist whose teachers have included Lorraine Hale Robinson, Jacqueline Schwab, and Michael Lewin. He has also studied harpsichord with Vivian Montgomery.

Ken currently studies baroque viola with Dana Maiben and viola with Sarah Darling at the Longy School of Music. He resides with his husband and cat in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Marlboro, Vermont. His violas were made by Douglas Cox.

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