Kenneth Lurie earned degrees from the Eastman School of Music (D.M.A.), the Cleveland Institute of Music (M.M.), and Ithaca College (B.Mus.Ed.) where his cello teachers were Steven Doane, Alan Harris and Einar Holm. Lurie's studies included summers at Kneisel Hall, Meadowmount, the Quartet Program, the International Course of Violoncello Paraiba Brazil, the Ithaca Violoncello Institute and the Berklee College of Music.
Dr. Lurie held academic appointments at Shenandoah Conservatory, Roanke College and the Caracas Conservatory prior to joining the faculty of the Hayes School of Music in 1987, fifteen years after first playing a cello at the age of twenty. In addition to performing frequently with faculty colleagues, Lurie's orchestral experience includes serving as assistant principal or principal cellist with the Caracas Philharmonic, Roanoke Symphony, Rochester Festival Orchestra, Shreveport Summer Music Festival and Western Piedmont Symphony. As soloist with orchestra, Lurie has performed concertos by Tchaikovsky, Haydn, Lalo, Saint-Saëns and Vivaldi.
At home in a wide range of musical styles, Lurie has performed as guitarist with blues legends Mance Lipscomb and Mississippi Fred McDowell, led the High Country Klezmer Ensemble for seven years playing mandola, toured the Southeast playing 6-string MIDI cello in a trio with horn and synthesizer, and recorded two CDs of traditional Appalachian music with the Appalachian Acoustic Ensemble. Other non-traditional cello performances include a fully-improvised concert with violinist Stephen Nachmanovich, author of "Free Play - Improvisation in Life and Art." As a member of the Hayes School of Music faculty string quartet, Lurie joined the Kruger Brothers in a recent performance of their "Appalachian Concerto." As singer/songwriter, Lurie has performed at the Watauga Arts Council's Concerts on the Lawn, the Harper School Concert Series in Lenoir and the Faculty Showcase Concert of An Appalachian Summer Festival. Lurie's students have gone on to a variety of careers including positions as public school teachers, college professors, chamber musicians and symphony orchestra cellists.