BLAKE ALLEN is an internationally recognized, award-winning violist, composer, and educator with a unique voice in contemporary music. Often merging the worlds of opera and musical theatre with traditional classical forms, Allen sits at the forefront of an amalgamation of a new neo-surrealist and maximalist world where his talents are only enumerated through the creation of a his bespoke genre tailored to the brilliance of the artists he collaborates with.
Allen's musical works have been performed by the New York Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and luminaries such as Kristin Chenoweth, Renée Fleming, Rebecca Luker, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Keala Seattle, Norm Lewis, Sierra Boggess, Cady Huffman, Sherie Renee Scott, Jason Alexander, Lena Hall, and Jeanna de Waal, among many others.
Known for his innovative bridging of contemporary music and theater, Allen's works are “full of yearning and exuberance and affection” with “strings to make you swoon” (The New York Times). Heavily influenced by his Mormon upbringing and the vast, cultural landscapes of his hometown of El Paso, TX, Allen made his professional composer debut in 2016 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Currenlty, Allen is preparing for the launch of his latest album, INSOMNIA, a professional, studio-recording of the Carnegie Hall debut concert of his two sextets in November 2022 while simultaneously wrapping up his PhD dissertation on Ligeti, his use of modern mathematics and linguistic stress patterns in Sonate pour Viola while also . Previously, Allen was music director and orchestrator of the 2019 Off-Broadway musical revival of Over Here! by the Sherman Brothers and the collaborator for RuPaul's Drag Race's star, Tina Burner for several years. Allen’s original musicals include Folk Wandering, Boston|Nebraska, HOCKET, and Insomnia (2022 world premiere, Carnegie Hall; based on and inspired by the 1934 F. Scott Fitzgerald short story, “Sleeping and Waking”; text excerpted by permission of the estate), and Farmyard Follies. Allen also performs viola with the New York City Ballet. Allen’s film score for the feature-length documentary Conversion centered on conversion therapy survivors is slated to be released in the fall of 2022.
Allen has four chart-topping albums, with his autobiographical musical opera, The Shards of an Honor Code Junkie garnering four million streams since its December 2021 debut. Featuring GRAMMY, TONY, and Drama Desk award-winning talent, the album earned the #1 spot on Amazon Classical and Billboard Cast Albums charts. A coming-of-age story about a homosexual Mormon who embarks on a journey of self-love while challenging Brigham Young's staunch eight “Honor Code Rules,” opened up the conversation about LGBTQIA+ student treatment at universities with its themes of suicide, trauma, and self-love.
As an educator, Allen has been adjunct faculty in violin and viola at New York University’s Steinhardt School - Department of Music & Performing Arts, since 2012. He holds degrees from New York University (Ph.D. candidate; Master of Music with Honors), Brigham Young University (Bachelor of Music with Honors), and University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (graduate studies). For more information, visit https://www.blakeallen.org.
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