Grant Velasquez has been playing viola since he was eleven. He has studied under Rene Salazar of the Houston Ballet. Other instruments he has played include piano, guitar, and electric bass. This will be his fifth season with Virtuosi of Houston, although he has been performing on their behalf within their Small Ensemble Program and Summer String Workshops since 2012. He is very thankful to have had the opportunity to travel to France, England, and Washington D.C. with Virtuosi. He has also qualified for a seat in the Region 27 orchestras. Outside of classes and Virtuosi, Grant busies himself with VR gaming and game asset creation. He also enjoys travelling the world with his family and sharing his gift of music with others.