Based in Austin, TX, cellist Cory Blais enjoys living as a chamber musician playing concerts with friends and teaching cello. Since moving to Austin in 2016, he became a founding member of Austin Camerata, an organization and music festival known for its creative artistic collaborations that augment music’s emotional power. Performances frequently feature collaborations of choreography, visual art, creative writing, and dance ranging in style from flamenco, to hip-hop, to ballet.
His playing with Austin Camerata has lead to frequent appearances with Austin contemporary ballet company, Ventana Ballet, where projects often pair choreography with solo cello and are consistently some of his favorite performances each year. Recent collaborations include solo cello works by Kodaly, Cassado, and Bach. In addition, he serves as principal cellist for the Temple Symphony Orchestra and cofounded an award winning piano trio with friends that met while performing at the Manchester Music Festival in 2017.
He teaches cello privately at the Greater Austin Music Academy as well as the Academie Musique in Temple, Texas. Cory holds degrees in music from The University of Texas at Austin in 2019 and The Ohio State University in 2015.