A native of San Antonio, Texas, violist Blake Turner has appeared in a wide range of venues around the world, including performances in China, at 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 a member 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. He 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 is currently assisting the Austin Symphony in redesigning their education programming. Beyond classical music, Blake explores improvisation, jazz, and pop music as a member of the Alkali Ensemble. He has won first prize in regional fiddling competitions in the Texas Hill Country and particularly enjoys impromptu jam sessions with his brothers.
Blake received his Bachelor’s degree in viola performance at Rice University, where he studied with Ivo van der Werff and James Dunham. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at the University of Texas, studying with John Largess of the Miró Quartet. 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.