Violinist Michelle Abraham is the Associate Concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. She is the former concertmaster of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra in Ohio and has performed with orchestras throughout the mid-west including the Cleveland Pops, Kalamazoo, and Canton Symphony Orchestras. Michelle served as concertmaster with the Aspen Music Festival Concert Orchestra and guest concertmaster with the Suburban Symphony Orchestra in Cleveland.
Michelle is a founding member of the Thalia String Quartet and has presented educational music programs in the Cleveland Public Schools as well as in the Banff and Bow Valley communities in Alberta, Canada while in residence at the Banff International String Quartet Competition. An active chamber musician, Michelle has appeared in performance with the Afiara String Quartet and renowned DJ Kid Koala, and also served on the advisory board and performs regularly on the M.U.S.i.C. (Musical Upcoming Stars in the Classics) concert series in Northeast Ohio.
Michelle has performed at chamber music festivals near and far, including the Banff Centre, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Le Domaine Forget, Kneisel Hall, the Taos School of Music, the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival in Bonefro, Italy, and the Manchester Music Festival in Vermont. She performed recitals in Montréal, Quebec to benefit the Paul Merkelo Scholarship fund, and has appeared as guest artist on Faculty Chamber Music Series at Oberlin Conservatory, the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University, and the Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona. Michelle regularly collaborates with pianist Peter Takács in recital.
Deeply committed to music education, Michelle teaches both Traditional and Suzuki violin at her private studio in Tucson, Arizona. She taught previously at The Music Settlement, the Hathaway Brown School, and the Oberlin Community Music School in Ohio, and spends her summers teaching and coaching at the New England Music Camp in Maine. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stony Brook University, a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, and an Artist Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She studied with Philip Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet, Pamela Frank, Ani Kavafian, and Paul Kantor. A Connecticut native, Michelle enjoys cooking, traveling, and watching basketball.