Kenneth Trotter is a violinist from Knoxville, Tennessee. He received a Bachelor of Music from SUNY Purchase where he studied with Laurie Smukler and Carmit Zori. Kenneth was a founding member of the Puck Quartet. The quartet’s activities included the premiere of Jason Eckardt’s Ascension, participating in the Mannes Beethoven Institute, Robert Mann String Quartet Institute, Emerging Artist Series at Garth Newell, and concerts at the Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society. Puck also gave the New York premiere of Stephen Prutsman’s score to the iconic silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari in a sold-out performance at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. Kenneth was among the first-year participants of the Decoda Chamber Music Festival, where he was exposed to the concepts of Interactive Performance. These skills were developed further as a teaching artist at the Manchester Music Festival Young Artist’s Program, at the Carnegie Hall Audience Engagement Institute, and the St. Lawrence Emerging Quartet Program. This direct contact with community ignited a passion for serving more diverse audiences, and the opportunity came with an invitation to Our Joyful Noise Baltimore’s ‘Azure’ Concert series. As an endlessly curious musician with the belief that almost all music can be considered chamber music, Kenneth has expanded his musical activities into many genres. He has taken part in a collaboration with the former principal dancer of the New York City Ballet, Wendy Whelan, at the Joyce Theater, and acted as concertmaster of Camerata New York Orchestra at the Mannes Sounds Festival’s presentation of Gluck’s opera Orpheus and Eurydice. Kenneth was a founding member and fiddle player of folk-foursome Elijah and the Moon, and has recorded and performed live with such diverse artists as R&B/disco legend Patrick Adams, Japanese rapper Lotus Juice, and singer-songwriter Mitski.