Eastern Mennonite University

Ralph Allen grew up in Philadelphia, where he began serious violin studies with Estelle Kerner at the Settlement Music School. His major teachers have included Donald Weilerstein, Syoko Aki, Robert Mann, and Vera Beths; he worked in Holland for four years with such groups as the Schoenberg Ensemble and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. In New York, he performed regularly with the Orchestra of St Luke’s and The Knights, and started a chamber music series, R&R Concerts, that has given more than forty concerts. Ralph currently lives in Israel, where he performs with the Israel Contemporary Ensemble, the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra, and as a violist in the Israel Symphony. He has taught in Harlem public schools, at summer festivals in New Hampshire and New Haven, and currently teaches in Nazareth and Ramat Hasharon in Israel. He lives in Raanana with his wife, Iris Jortner, and children, Eyal and Alma.