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Basic Info
Full Name Avriel Benjamin Kaplan
Birth Date April 17, 1989
Hometown Visalia, California
Vocal Type Bass
Vocal Range D1-C#5
Instruments Guitar
Physical Attributes
Height 5"10 (177.8 cm)
Eye Color Green
Hair Color Brown
Avriel Benjamin "Avi" Kaplan (born April 17, 1989) is the bass vocalist of Pentatonix. He and Kevin agreed to join Scott, Kirstie and Mitch to form a band to compete in the NBC singing competition The Sing-Off, and has since gone on to record and tour with Pentatonix, becoming a notable influence in their sound.

Early Life

Avi Kaplan is originally from the small town of Visalia, California, but moved to Upland, California, in 2007 to attend school at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA.

Bio

Avi Kaplan is a serious student of classical music who also plays guitar, composes and arranges music for both choral and a cappella. 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.  He has performed at venues worldwide, including New York City’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall." (quotation from the official website)

Avi loves playing guitar, composing and arranging music (including choir and acapella) and is training in opera.

Along with classical music, Avi's singing voice was low in several vocal jazz and contemporary a cappella groups in the last 7 years. In 2008, he joined "Fermata Nowhere", a cool, high-energy, in-your-face, male a capella group of Mt. San Antonio College. In its second year, "Fermata Nowhere" won the ICCA, the first community college ever to do so. In this competition, Avi received a special award for "Best Rhythm Section" in previous years, the award had been coined the "Best Vocal Percussionist" and had never been assigned a low voice. Avi was the first bass vocal to be given this award and the name of the award was changed specifically to honor him.

Pentatonix

While planning to audtion for The Sing-Off, Scott, Mitch and Kirstie were advised to add a bass and beatboxer to their group.

Scott had a friend he knew and he said that he could hook them up with a beat boxer, Kevin, who was in Kentucky at the time, found off of YouTube playing cello beat boxing at the same time, and a bass, Avi.

Personal Life

Avi has an older sister, Esther Kaplan, who is also Pentatonix's tour manager and an older brother, Joshua is in Iraq. He cherishes his family, mentioning them in various interviews. Avi is Jewish, which, as he mentioned in a final episode of The Sing-Off, caused him to be the target of bullying in school. Both his first and last names are traditionally Jewish names. One of his favourite music genres is country / bluegrass. Otherwise, not much is known about Avi's personal life.

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