Dr. Immanuel T. Abraham is an, award-winning, African American violin soloist, composer, teacher, lecturer, and visiting concertmaster of two to four ensembles throughout the year. He is also a masterfully-proficient gypsy-style improviser, kirtankar, and fiddler.
Dr. Abraham has held live audiences across seven countries, and is best-known for his versatility and creativity. His compositional highlights include his popular “24 Caprices for Solo Violin” comprising 6 genres, including three fugues, fiddle tunes, solo jazz, and encores — used in concerts and auditions around the world. He is also the author of “J.S. Bach’s Chaconne: A Performer-Composer's Approach to Interpretation", and several string quartets, including "The Gilgamesh Quartet."
Dr. Abraham has held live audiences across seven countries, and is best-known for his versatility and creativity as a performer and composer. His compositional highlights include his popular “24 Caprices for Solo Violin” used in auditions and concerts around the world, and "The Gilgamesh Quartet" premiered at the University of Michigan. He is also the author of “J.S. Bach’s Chaconne: A Performer-Composer's Approach to Interpretation".
He graduated summa cum laude three times, ending with his Doctorate in Violin Performance from the University of Arizona, where he served simultaneously as Concertmaster of the Arizona Symphony Orchestra and Arizona Contemporary Ensemble (ACE). He also won the institution’s annual concerto competition with the Brahms Violin Concerto, in which he premiered his own cadenzas.
Dr. Abraham is also certified as a:
• Distinguished Clinician of the
Cochise Music Teacher’s Association
• Online Music Education Specialist of the
• Yoga Teacher from the Yoga Renew School
Dr. Abraham recently 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), 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, Mind Over Finger podcast with Dr. Renée-Paule Gauthier, Violin Podcast with Eric Mrugala, Lovin’ Life in Tucson newspaper, Arizona Jewish Post newspaper, and the Arizona Daily Star newspaper, the Conn-Selmer “Music Professor” violin series, and much more.
He is also the founder and director of The Violin Guild, hosting over 55,000 bowed-string players, and proud Artistic Ambassador for Southwest Strings, D'Addario Orchestral, WMutes, and Ovation Press.
Beyond music, he is a lifelong vegetarian, proactive environmentalist, and passionate advocate for world kinship through the arts.
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