Ken Allen / Viola

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):

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
Melrose Symphony Orchestra
MetroWest Opera
MIT Women's Chorale
New England Classical Singers
New England Philharmonic
  Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra

He is also a classically trained pianist.

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, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Elizabeth Blumenstock, Sheila Browne, Helen Callus, Levon Chilingirian, Gabriela Diaz, Susan Dubois, 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.

Photo: Claire Stefani     
Ken has also studied viola with David Rubinstein, Gillian Rogell and Anne Hooper Webb, as well as baroque viola with Jane Starkman. He currently studies baroque viola with Dana Maiben and harpsichord with Vivian Montgomery 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.