Blake Allen, viola, hails from El Paso, TX and lives in New York City. Blake is an active performer and advocate of contemporary music and is heard across NYC performing and composing for musical theatre. This year, Blake was an artist in residence at The Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Blake was recently heard in Tamar of the River Off-Broadway and can be heard in the cast album recorded by Yellow Sound Lab.
Blake was an artist in resident at The Banff Centre in Banff, AB, CA in January 2014, and he gave the New York, European and Canadian premiere of the original viola version of Judith Shatin’s Penelope’s Song. Blake also premiered five commissioned works for string quartet and choir in Choral Chameleon’s FIVE in 2013.
Along with being Rob Fisher’s music assistant, Blake performs in and co-orchestrates the new musical Folk Wandering having played two sold-out performances at Joe’s Pub in January & February 2013 and headlining the Ars Nova’s 2012 ANT Festival. Blake also wrote the shards of an honor code junkie, which is in development. Current projects include A Willa Cather Duet as well as a musical adaptation of Hocus Pocus with composer Aaron Kenny.
Blake has played in venues including Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall (Stern and Weill), The Beacon, Symphony Space, The Cutting Room, Lang Recital Hall, Arlene’s Grocery, Picasso Machinery and The Bitter End and in Washington DC, Salt Lake City, San Jose as well as internationally in Prague, CZ, Oslo and Bergen, NO and British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec, CA. Studies: BYU (BM); CCM; NYU (MM).
Blake plays on a 1988 Nicholas Frirsz viola. For more information, please visit www.BlakeAllenMusic.net.