Avi Kaplan is the bass for the vocal band Pentatonix.
Early Life Edit
A Visalia, CA native, Avi moved to Walnut, CA in 2007 to attend Mt. San Antonio College, known worldwide for their strong choral and a cappella tradition. In 2008 he joined Fermata Nowhere, a high-energy male a cappella group that became the first community college a cappella entrants to win the prestigious ICCA. Avi won the competition’s award for “Best Rhythm Section,” the first year that this award had ever included a vocal bass (the award was called “Best Vocal Percussionist” before Avi’s victory prompted the language change). In his third year at Mt. San Antonio, Avi joined Sincopation, an award-winning jazz ensemble that won the Monterey Jazz Festival Competition in his first year.
Avi was contacted by Scott Hoying, who wanted him to join their group for the Sing-Off. He recognized the main trio through their "Telephone" cover, which he had previously watched and loved. He flew to Los Angeles to audition for the Sing-Off with Pentatonix, and they were accepted on the Sing-Off.
Avi is a bass, with a voice ranging from F1 to B4. He is a serious student of classical music who also plays guitar, composes and arranges music for both choral and a cappella. He has performed at venues worldwide, including New York City’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.
|Full Name||Avriel "Avi" Benjamin Kaplan|
|Born||April 17, 1989 (26 years)|
|Height||6" / 1.80 |