Kenneth Freed

Kenneth Freed was born and raised in New York. He attended the Henry Street 
Settlement Music School in Lower Manhattan before attending the Juilliard 
School’s Pre College Division where he studied violin with Louise Behrend. He
 was chosen to play in Alexander Schneider’s Christmas Seminar Orchestra in
1979 and 1981. In 1979, he attended Yale College where he majored in 
Literature, writing his senior thesis on James Joyce’s use of Old Testament 
theology in his epic Ulysses.

As an undergrad, he was the winner of the William
 Waithe Concerto Competition, and he was leader of the Berkeley College 
Chamber Players. Upon graduation, Freed studied in London with Helen 
Dowling, making ends meet by busking and working part time at Bernard
 Quaritch, an antiquarian bookshop near Piccadilly Circus. He returned to Yale to
 continue his violin studies with Syoko Aki Erle, and was awarded the Broadus 
Erle Prize as well as a Masters of Music degree.

He played in the Norfolk and
 Richmond Symphonies before returning to New York to play second violin in the 
acclaimed Manhattan String Quartet with whom he toured internationally, taught
 at Colgate University and Interlochen, and recorded. He also freelanced in New 
York playing in the Broadway pits of Kiss of the Spider Woman, Carousel,
 Anything Goes, Tommy, Phantom of The Opera, Secret Garden and Hello Dolly.
He also performed as a regular sub in the viola section of the New York 
Philharmonic during this time.

Joining the Minnesota Orchestra viola section in
 1998, Freed has pursued two avid interests. He is the Founder and Board Chair 
of a non -profit, Learning Through Music, that is now housed at the McNally
 Smith College of Music. The organization’s mission is to put music at the center
 of every child’s education. He also conducts the Mankato Symphony and next
 season will be participating in the Mankato Pow Wow as well as the orchestra’s
 second Minnesota State Arts Board Tour throughout southern Minnesota.

He is
 now in his fifth season as Music Director. Other past board service throughout
 the Twin Cities includes the Yale Alumni Association of the North West, the
American Composers Forum (Chair of the Education Committee), and Board
Chair of the Saint Paul Conservatory of the Performing Arts.