One of the most fresh and cutting-edge flutists on the rise, Kenneth J. Cox is taking the music scene by storm. Armed with a large spectrum of musical styles, his performances have been described as "...fierce...powerful..." by The Seattle Times, and "...incredibly personal..." by The Cincinnati Enquirer. He has performed in over twenty internationally acclaimed venues throughout the United States, Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, China and Japan, including the National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing), Teatro Verdi (Florence), the Shanghai Grand Theater, Carnegie Hall, and for private concerts in The Vatican. Kenneth has been named finalist and prizewinner in many national and international competitions including the William C. Byrd International Young Artist Competition, the National Music Teacher’s National Association Young Artist Competitions, the Atlanta Flute Club Young Artist Competition, the Florida Flute Association Young Artist competition, the South Carolina Flute Society Young Artist competition, amongst countless others. His recent performance of the monstrous Joan Tower Flute Concerto was described by Joan Tower as “…fantastic…” and “…brilliant…”. Kenneth has also been a part of recording projects with the NAXOS International Classical Music Label, Mark Records, and was recently featured on a CD released internationally entitled “Frontiers” with the Cincinnati Chamber Soloists.
Kenneth has collaborated with some of the worlds leadings contemporary champions including Claire Chase, Steven Schick, the International Contemporary Ensemble, Christian Wolff, Kate Soper, Jan Williams, members of the JACK Quartet, Tony Arnold, and many others. He was recently a guest performer at the Noisefloor Festival 2017 in the United Kingdom, as well as the Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium, and has held residencies at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, New Music on the Point and the Atlantic Music Festival. Highly devoted to new music, Kenneth has commissioned and performed over twenty new works for solo flute and chamber ensembles over the last six years, one being the world premiere performance of Ned McGowan’s Torrent at the 2012 National Flute Association Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, co-sponsored by Miyazawa Flutes USA. Kenneth is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Contemporary Music Performance with a specialization in Flute at Bowling Green State University and serves as the Teaching Assistant to Dr. Conor Nelson. He is also a graduate of the prestigous University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the University of South Carolina. In 2017-2018, Kenneth has performances and teaching engagements scheduled throughout Texas, Ohio, Vermont, the United Kingdom, Florida, Colorado, Tennessee, South Carolina, California and Maine.
Photographer Alison McNair