Violist Ken Allen is a founding member of Trio Notturno and the Haydn Project, as well as a member of the Boston Musicians’ Association, the American String Teachers Association, and the American Viola Society. He has performed with many ensembles in the Greater Boston area, including the Boston New Music Initiative, Boston Opera Collaborative, Chorus pro Musica, Fusion String Ensemble, Lexington Symphony, Lowell House Opera, Mercury Orchestra, Metropolitan Chorale of Brookline, MetroWest Opera, MIT Summer Philharmonic, and Plymouth Philharmonic. He is also a classically trained pianist and has played the piano for folk dances throughout New England.
After earning a graduate degree in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard, Ken earned his Master of Music degree in Viola Performance from the Boston Conservatory, where he studied with Lila Brown and Lenny Matczynski and performed in master classes for Helen Callus, Levon Chilingirian, John Harbison, the Jupiter String Quartet and Karl Paulnack. He currently studies baroque viola with Jane Starkman and his previous viola teachers include Gillian Rogell and Anne Hooper Webb.