Violinist Michelle Abraham is a passionate chamber musician and mentor, dedicated to finding new ways of connecting with audiences and students alike. Michelle serves 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, and is a founding member of the Thalia String Quartet. She has presented educational musical 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. In recital Michelle regularly collaborates with pianists Peter Takács and Shuai Wang in performances across the northeast.
Michelle has appeared at chamber music festivals across the country and beyond, including the Banff Centre, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Connecticut, Le Domaine Forget in Quebec, Kneisel Hall in Maine, the Taos School of Music in New Mexico, the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival in Bonefro, Italy, and the Manchester Music Festival in Vermont, and has performed recitals to benefit the Paul Merkelo Scholarship fund in Montréal, Quebec. Equally active in the orchestral scene, Michelle is the concertmaster of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra in Ohio, and performs throughout the mid-west with orchestras including the Cleveland Pops, Kalamazoo, and Canton Symphony Orchestras. She has served as concertmaster with the Aspen Music Festival Concert Orchestra and guest concertmaster with the Suburban Symphony Orchestra in Cleveland.
Michelle has a private violin studio at the Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio in addition to working with the Oberlin Community Music School in Oberlin, Ohio. She is also on the Faculty at the New England Music Camp in Sidney, 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.