ABOUT QUENTON XAVIER BLACHE
Quenton Xavier Blache is a cellist and composer based in Los Angeles where he is a rising senior at the University of Southern California (USC) Thornton School of Music. He is a double major in cello performance and music composition, with a minor in Chinese. He was born in San Diego, California and currently lives in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Quenton won first place in the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Talent Hunt Competition in 2017 and 2018. He has performed in Europe, Asia, and at Carnegie Hall as a member of the National Youth Orchestra USA. In 2021, he won the USC Bach Competition, Undergraduate Division. He served as a cello hand double and background musician actor in the 2020 Amazon Prime movie Nocturne, produced by Blumhouse Productions. Quenton toured nationally with the Sphinx Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra in October 2021, and soloed the Dvorak Concerto with the Peninsula Symphony this past spring.
In 2019, his composition for string quartet, Hunted, was performed in a masterclass with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw. He is especially passionate about composition for visual media and has scored for the Vanuatu documentary, No Part Too Small (2020), which was screened at the Pasadena International Film Festival. Quenton was also the composer for the “Resilience Project,” a climate change “art-ivist” performance series that is a part of the inaugural USC Arts and Climate Collective. In his spare time, he enjoys playing chess and aspires to be an International Master (IM). Quenton has studied composition under Grammy Award winning composer Andrew Norman and Grammy Award nominated composer Ted Hearne. He has studied cello under Jacob Wenger, co-founder of the North Raleigh School of Music, and Nathaniel Yaffe, recording engineer and cellist of the North Carolina Symphony. He currently studies composition under celebrated composer Frank Ticheli and cello under accomplished cellist Andrew Shulman.