About

Photo: Claire Stefani
Photo: Claire Stefani

Ken Allen

Violist Ken Allen is a founding member of Trio Notturno, a founder and president of the Massachusetts Viola Society, as well as a member of the American Viola Society, the American String Teachers Association, 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
  • New England Repertory Orchestra
  • New England Symphony Orchestra
  • North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra
  • 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
  • New England Repertory Orchestra
  • New England Symphony Orchestra
  • North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra

After completing undergraduate and graduate degrees in English at UNC-Chapel Hill and at Harvard, Ken earned his Master of Music degree in viola performance from the Boston Conservatory, where he studied with Lila Brown and Leonard Matczynski, and a Graduate Performance Diploma in Historical Performance from the Longy School of Music, where he studied viola with Dana Maiben and Sarah Darling, as well as harpsichord with Vivian Montgomery. He has performed in master classes for Julie Andrijeski, Amadi Azikiwe, Sylvia Berry, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Elizabeth Blumenstock, Sheila Browne, Helen Callus, Levon Chilingirian, Brandon Chui, Gabriela Diaz, Susan Dubois, Michael Finnissy, Vinko Globokar, John Harbison, Jeffrey Irvine, Patrick Jordan, the Jupiter String Quartet, Kim Kashkashian, Michelle LaCourse, Robert Mealy, Aisslinn Nosky, Karl Paulnack, Karen Ritscher, and Carol Rodland.

Ken also studied viola with David Rubinstein, Gillian Rogell, and Anne Hooper Webb, as well as baroque viola with Jane Starkman. His piano teachers include Lorraine Hale Robinson, Jacqueline Schwab, and Michael Lewin.

Ken resides with his husband and cat in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Marlboro, Vermont. His violas were made by Douglas Cox.

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