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Avi performing with Pentatonix at the Jane Fonda Theatre in January 2013

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.

Pentatonix Edit

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.

Artistry Edit

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.


Avi Kaplan
Fact Sheet
Full Name Avriel "Avi" Benjamin Kaplan
Born April 17, 1989 (26 years)
Hometown Visalia, CA
Vocal Type Bass
Height 6" / 1.80



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