Hill Country native and a newcomer to this series, violist Blake Turner has that almost indescribable quality that endears him to audiences. He is assistant principal violist with the Austin Symphony and is a sought after chamber musician who has performed alongside members of the Cordova and Miró Quartets and collaborated with musicians such as Robert McDonald and Anton Nel. His concert here will include music of Vieuxtemps and contemporary composer Paul Wiancko.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, violist Blake Turner has appeared in a wide range of venues around the world including performances in China, New York’s Carnegie Hall, the World Trade Center in Curaçao, Netherland Antilles, and Miami’s New World Center. Blake is an accomplished orchestral musician, performing regularly as Assistant Principal Viola of the Austin Symphony and as a substitute with the Houston and New World Symphonies. He also performed with the San Antonio Symphony after winning the American Viola Society’s Orchestral Excerpt Competition. Blake is a sought after chamber musician who has performed alongside members of the Cordova and Miró Quartets and collaborated with musicians such as Robert McDonald and Anton Nel.
Blake has been invited to appear at music festivals in Aspen, Colorado, and Madeline Island, Wisconsin, and developed a winter concert series in collaboration with the Aspen Music Festival to bring chamber music to Aspen during ski season. Blake is an active music educator. He has coached chamber music ensembles at the Austin Chamber Music Center and Rice University’s Preparatory Program, and assisted the Austin Symphony in redesigning their education programming.
Blake completed his Bachelor’s degree in viola performance at Rice University and received a Master’s degree in chamber music performance from The University of Texas at Austin. His principal teachers include Ivo van der Werff, James Dunham and John Largess of the Miró Quartet.
Beyond classical music, Blake enjoys bluegrass and fiddling. He has won first prize in several regional fiddling competitions in the Texas Hill Country and particularly enjoys impromptu jam sessions with his brothers. Upcoming highlights for the 2017-2018 season include: solo appearances with the Density512 Orchestra, the Austin Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Blanco Performing Arts Series.
When he isn’t performing, Blake finds the time to swing dance and has blogged for the American Viola Society about topics ranging from fiddling to orchestral etiquette. He also loves to play basketball and is a passionate fan of the San Antonio Spurs.
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