Dr. Immanuel Abraham:
Violin Performance, DMA
Summa Cum Laude
American violinist and composer, Dr. Immanuel Abraham, graduated Summa Cum Laude from both the University of Michigan (MM, 2015) and University of Arizona (DMA, 2018) with degrees in Violin Performance. He has earned numerous awards, recognitions, and is a sought-after teacher and music clinician. His most recent compositions include complete scores for theatrical works, 2 string quartets, and "The Abraham 24 Caprices for Solo Violin", currently used in collegiate auditions and premiered in 3 countries.
Dr. Abraham himself has performed in 7 countries, been featured on CBS Detroit, PBS Arizona, Buzzfeed, Fiddlerman's exclusive blog series "Music Is For Everyone", the "Mind Over Finger" iTunes podcast, the Arizona Jewish Post, and more. His Instagram @TheViolinDoctor engages 20K followers, and he is an ambassador of Southwest Strings.
Dr. Abraham began music studies under Chicago Civic Orchestra Concertmaster, Guillaume Combet. Only months later, he auditioned into the Merit School of Music Conservatory. Over the three years following, he placed 2nd in the institution's Annual Concerto Competition and became Concertmaster of the Merit Symphony Orchestra.
Simultaneously, he served as asst. concertmaster in the Chicago Youth Symphony which, in 2008, rehearsed and performed under Maestro Gustavo Dudamel at Chicago's Symphony Center. That same year he was also Concertmaster of the Blue Lake International Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Graduating with highest honors, he continued violin studies at the University of Michigan under Naumberg Award-Winner, Andrew Jennings. There he began to study jazz, compose, and explore the Electric Violin as well.
In 2013, he won the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Concerto Competition, soloing the Julius Conus Violin Concerto live for over 1,500 which aired on FM Radio. In 2014, he placed 2nd in the Stamp.FM Online Music Awards, and opened for world-class bands We The Kings and HelloGoodbye at the Michigan Theater.
His first year in Arizona, he won the University of Arizona 2015 Concerto Competition with the Brahms Violin Concerto, wherein he premiered his own cadenzas. Dr. Abraham also served simultaneously as Concertmaster in the Arizona Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Thomas Cockrell, and the Arizona Contemporary Ensemble ("ACE") under Maestro Daniel Asia. He also is a recipient of the Fred Fox School of Music Graduate Fellowship.
Dr. Abraham has enjoyed work as the concertmaster of the Michigan Pops Orchestra, sub-anchor for Blue Lake Public Radio, Violin Specialist for the Sphinx Organization, Violin/Viola/Cello faculty at the Chicago Music Store and Allegro School of Music, sectional coach at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and as the United States Consultant for the 1st Oskar Rieding International Competition for Young Violinists. He also served two years as an assistant teacher for the University of Arizona, giving weekly lectures and grading courses in Jazz History, American Popular Music, and Music Theory.
Today, Dr. Abraham directs his own private studio of two-dozen local Arizonan students (sign up here!) and takes composition commissions for all orchestral instruments (commission a work here!). He plays an instrument by renown modern violin maker, Tetsuo Matsuda. He is also the creator of Facebook’s most popular bowed-string forum, The Violin Guild™, comprising over 30,600 string-players worldwide!
"There is a sense of utter commitment in his playing, and quality in his approach to performance that is unique and captivating." —David Halen; St. Louis Symphony Concertmaster
Arizona Daily Star Newspaper,
PBS Channel 6 Interview for "Arizona Illustrated"
"As authentic a fiddle player as
I've ever heard!"
— Grammy Award Winner, Alex DePue
"What great tone!"
— Renowned Luthiery, Plimoth Violins
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Conus Violin Concerto: Warm-Up
Astor Piazzolla: Histoire du Tango