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Viola / Violin
Violist Blake Allen hails from El Paso, TX living in Brooklyn, NY. Blake is an active performer and advocate of contemporary music and theatre. Blake began his professional career at the age of 16 soloing with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra as well as being a section viola in both the EPSO and the Las Cruces Symphony in New Mexico. Since then, Blake has received his Bachelor’s of Music in viola performance from Brigham Young University (BYU), did graduate studies at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), and received his Masters of Music at New York University (NYU) where he studied under Dr. Claudine Bigelow, Masao Kawasaki+Dr. Catharine Carroll, and Stephanie Baer, respectfully.
Blake can currently be heard at the Broadhurst theatre in the Broadway play Misery. This past summer Blake performed in the New York Pop's inaugural summer concert series at the Forrest Hills Stadium with Sutton Foster and Pink Martini and was heard in The Public's Shakespeare in the Park's production of The Tempest.
In 2014 Blake was an artist-in-resident at The Banff Centre in Banff, AB, Canada. Blake can be heard on the new recording of Philip Glass's Runaway Horses.
In 2013, Blake performed in Prospect Theatre's Tamar of the River (OOBC album). Blake gave the New York, European and Canadian premiere of the original viola version of Judith Shatin’s "Penelope’s Song" as part of Blake and pianist Christopher Koelzer's tour of contemporary music entitled "Modern Feminism." Blake also premiered five commissioned works for string quartet in Choral Chameleon's FIVE.
Blake has been seen and heard in such New York concert venues as Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall (main stage), NY City Center (main stage), The Beacon, Symphony Space, Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, The Cutting Room, Ars Nova, Lang Recital Hall, as well as The Strathmore in Washington DC, Salt Lake City, San Jose, and internationally in Prague, CZ, Oslo, NO and throughout British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec, CA.
Blake plays on a 1988 Nicholas Frirsz viola.
Taylor Achoo Lullaby
Photos by Brian Satenstein