Violin Performance, DMA
Summa Cum Laude
American concert violinist, composer, and string clinician, Dr. Immanuel Abraham, graduated Summa Cum Laude from both the University of Michigan (MM, 2015) and University of Arizona (DMA, 2019) with degrees in Violin Performance. He has earned numerous awards, recognitions, and is a sought-after performer, teacher, and music clinician. His most recent compositions include complete theater scores, three string quartets (reviewed by SHAR), and "The Abraham 24 Caprices for Solo Violin", currently used in recitals and collegiate auditions around the world.
Dr. Abraham himself has performed in 8 countries, been featured on CBS Detroit, PBS Arizona, Buzzfeed, Southwest String's 2019-2020 catalog cover, SHAR Music, Arizona Daily Star newspaper, OvationPress, WMutes, 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.
Dr. Abraham began music studies under former Chicago Civic Orchestra Concertmaster, Guillaume Combet through the Merit School of Music Conservatory. Over the short span of three years, he would become concertmaster of several youth ensembles himself, including the Blue Lake International Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Merit Symphony Orchestra, and asst. concertmaster of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Gustavo Dudamel during the Chicago Festival of Youth in Music at Symphony Center.
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, to compose, and explore the Electric Violin.
In 2013, he won the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Concerto Competition, soloing the Julius Conus Violin Concerto live for over 1,500 and aired on FM Radio. In 2014, he placed 3rd playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, and placed 2nd in the Stamp.FM Online Music Awards. He opened for both We The Kings and HelloGoodbye at the Michigan Theater with original works for electric violin.
His first year in Arizona, he won the University of Arizona 2015 Concerto Competition with the Brahms Violin Concerto premiering 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 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 a private studio of two-dozen students (sign up here!), is the music director of Arizona's Miraval Wellness Resorts and guest artist for colleges, universities, and other institutions across the country. Dr. Abraham also composes for all orchestral instruments (commission a work here!), and is the Director of The Violin Guild— the internet's leading forum for bowed string instruments.
"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
"...a great leader in our music world."
— Emmy Award Winner, Mark Wood
"As authentic a fiddle player as
I've ever heard!"
— Grammy Award Winner, Alex DePue
"This Bach is on fire!"
— Renowned Luthiery, Plymoth Violins
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Astor Piazzolla: Histoire du Tango
Conus Violin Concerto: Warm-Up