Dr. Immanuel T. Abraham is an award-winning violin soloist, celebrated composer, and Professor of Strings and String Pedagogy at South Dakota State University. He is best known for his television appearances on PBS's "Arizona Illustrated" and for his "24 Caprices for Solo Violin" (©2020) which continue to dazzle audiences around the world.
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor featured him as the soloist at his own graduation ceremony, where he also accepted the Willis Patterson Award and Engraved Medal of Excellence when he graduated with Highest Honors.
He completed his Doctorate in Violin Performance with highest honors again at the University of Arizona.
There he served simultaneously as Concertmaster of the Arizona Symphony Orchestra and the Arizona Contemporary Ensemble. He also won the institution’s annual Concerto Competition with the Brahms Violin Concerto, using his own cadenzas.
With a grant from CSMA, he went on to become certified in Music Education at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada.
Dr. Abraham then served as the Concertmaster for NEWorks Philharmonic Orchestra's premiere of
"An African American Requiem" — a twenty-movement symphonic mass by Damien Geter, at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Other programs and organizations recently featuring Dr. Abraham include the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), European String Teacher's Association (ESTA), The Menuhin-Dowling Program, Southwest Strings, American String Teacher’s Association, Tucson Film Festival, String Masters, Key To Change, SHAR Music, Fiddlershop, Community School of Music & Arts, The Entertainer magazine, Arizona Jewish Post newspaper, the Arizona Daily Star newspaper, and many more.
His published works include the “24 Caprices for Solo Violin”, the "Gilgamesh Quartet", and “J.S. Bach’s Chaconne: A Performer-Composer's Approach to Interpretation".
Beyond music, he is a proactive environmentalist, yogi, and passionate advocate for world kinship through the arts.
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