From South Dakota, Blake Proehl is entering his fourth year at the University of South Dakota where he is pursuing a B.M. degree in piano performance. He is a student of Dr. Susan Keith Gray and has also studied fortepiano with Dr. Susanne Skyrm. Blake has performed in master classes of Martin Katz, Di Wu, Alessio Bax, Emanuele Arciuli, Anastasia Dedik, Petronel Malan, and Douglas Humphreys. He participated in several festivals, including Dakota Sky Young Artist program, Brevard Summer Music Festival, and Adamant Summer Session. In the past few years, he won several prizes at SDMTA and MTNA.