Kenneth Finch, Cello
Ken says he loves to be in Oregon, where he can water ski, snow ski and be near his family, which for the last 15 years has included his wife, Oregon Symphony violinist Lynne Finch.
Ken originally settled in Oregon at the age of seven with his family after they had traveled around the world. He began to play cello in fourth grade; his older brother was learning fiddle. Ken went on to win the state high school solo contest three years in a row, before attending the University of Oregon, where he was principal cellist of the U of O Symphony Orchestra and the Eugene Symphony.
Following two years in Eugene, Ken spent a year in Los Angeles studying with Gabor Rejto and Ronald Leonard. He then returned to finish his bachelor's degree in Eugene, where he met his wife-to-be, Lynne. He says their relationship grew because of their ski trips to Mount Bachelor.
After playing with Lynne in the Colorado Philharmonic, Ken attended the Eastman School of Music, where he studied as was teaching assistant to Robert Sylvester. He also won a National Endowment for the Arts chair in the Rochester Philharmonic.
Ken won his position with the Oregon Symphony in 1984. He does numerous recitals and has performed over a dozen concertos in Oregon with groups such as the Corvallis Symphony, the Marylhurst Orchestra, the Central Oregon Symphony, and the West Coast Chamber Orchestra — as well as the Oregon Symphony. Since 1987, he has taught at the Oregon Summer Music Institute, where he and Lynne introduced an orchestral repertoire class and string chamber music seminar for high school students. The Finches also have been involved with Young Audiences of Oregon, providing informative and entertaining concerts in public schools.
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