Blake Awodu is currently a member of Virtuosi of Houston for 3 years. He started on piano at age 8, and transitioned to the double bass at age 11. His primary musical influences are Francois Rabbath, Edgar Meyer, Ray Brown, Victor Wooten, Jaco Pastorios, W.A. Mozart, Scott LaFaro, Renaud Garcia-Fons, Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, Claude Debussy and Miles Davis. His dreams are to become a world-renown solo double bassist, principal bassist of the London Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, jazz double bassist, double bass pedagogue, and composer. When he isn’t playing the double bass, he plays electric bass, composes music, plays golf, basketball, practices yoga, excersises, reads about science-fiction and the universe, and loves to draw. He is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin High School in Sugar Land, TX. He hopes to attend the Curtis Institute of Music, Rice University Shepherd School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, or the Cleveland Institute of Music. He attended the University of North Texas Summer Double Bass Master classes under the tutelage of Jeff Bradetich in 2012 and 2013. Also, he attended the Texas Strings Camp in Austin, TX in the summer of 2014. He was a finalist for the TSC Rising Stars Solo competition that same year. In recent years, he played in various master classes for many well-known double bassists such as Timothy Pitts, Ira Gold, Brian Perry, Eric Larson, and Burke Shaw. For 6 years, he received all 1’s on his Region 13 UIL solo and ensemble competitions for both his solos and ensembles. In high school, he made it into the Texas All-State orchestras for 3 years. His previous teacher was Andy Moritz. Blake is currently studying with Paul Ellison.