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Ken Allen

Musician


Boston, MA
Viola
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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
Fusion String Ensemble
Great Woods Symphony Orchestra
Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra
Lexington Symphony
Lowell House Opera
Melrose Symphony Orchestra
Mercury Orchestra
MetroWest Opera
MIT Summer Philharmonic Orchestra
MIT Women's Chorale
New England Classical Singers
New England Philharmonic
New England Repertory Orchestra
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 Amadi Azikiwe, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Elizabeth Blumenstock, Sheila Browne, Helen Callus, Levon Chilingirian, Gabriela Diaz, Dr. Susan Dubois, Vinko Globokar, John Harbison, the Jupiter String Quartet, Michelle LaCourse, Robert Mealy, Aisslinn Nosky, Karl Paulnack, and Karen Ritscher.

Ken has also studied viola with David Rubinstein, Gillian Rogell and Anne Hooper Webb, as well as baroque viola with Jane Starkman. He resides with his husband and cat in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Marlboro, Vermont. His violas were made by Douglas Cox.

Traditional Repertoire

J. S. BACH: Solo Cello Suites, Gamba Sonatas, Violin Sonatas & Partitas
Arnold BAX: Elegiac Trio
BRAHMS: Sonatas for viola and piano
David BRUCE: The Eye of Night
DEBUSSY: Sonata for flute, viola, and harp
DVOŘÁK: Piano Quintet in A Major
Louise FARRENC: Piano Quintet No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 30
GLASS: String Quartet No. 3
KURTÁG: selections from Signs, Games, and Messages
MENDELSSOHN: String Quartets
PROKOFIEV: String Quartet No. 1 & 2
RAVEL: Sonatine en Trio
Max REGER: Solo Viola Suites
Franz SCHUBERT: String Quartets
TAKEMITSU: And then I knew 'twas wind
Pierre VELLONES: Trio for flute, viola, and harp, Op. 94

Audio

Groups

Corliss Quartet

  • String Quartet
  • 02139
  • Hasn't played any groupmuses, yet

Performed groupmuses (7)

Hindemithmuse

  • Sunday, July 7, 2019, at 7:30 PM
  • Mid-Cambridge, Cambridge

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This groupmuse happened 5 months ago

Chamber Music for Violin, Viola, Bass

  • Saturday, November 24, 2018, at 7:00 PM
  • Mid-Cambridge, Cambridge

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This groupmuse happened 12 months ago

A Viola and Piano Recital

  • Sunday, April 29, 2018, at 7:00 PM
  • Mid-Cambridge, Cambridge

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This groupmuse happened over 1 year ago

Charles River Sinfonietta

  • Saturday, January 13, 2018, at 7:30 PM
  • Mid-Cambridge, Cambridge

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This groupmuse happened almost 2 years ago

Trio Notturno Brunch

  • Sunday, May 21, 2017, at 1:00 PM
  • Newton Centre

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This groupmuse happened over 2 years ago

Mother's Day Groupmuse

  • Friday, May 12, 2017, at 7:00 PM
  • Jamaica Plain, Boston Boston, MA

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This groupmuse happened over 2 years ago

Music for Flute, Viola, and Harp

  • Saturday, January 21, 2017, at 7:30 PM
  • Mid-Cambridge, Cambridge Cambridge, MA

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This groupmuse happened almost 3 years ago