B i o g r a p h y
An Australian violinist, pianist, Christie-Keiko Abe (Earl) performs as a soloist, chamber and orchestra musician. She has given solo recitals in the USA, Austria, Japan and Australia.
She received her Bachelor of Music degree with Honors from The Sydney Conservatorium of Music at The University of Sydney, her Masters of Music from the Australian Institute of Music, her PhD Specialist in Music performance with Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honors from The University of Michigan School of Music, and post-graduate program Artist Certificate in performance from The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music where she served as an assistant to Prof.David Perry. She has attended master classes of Dorothy Delay, Cho-Liang Lin, Pamera Frank, Igor Ozim, Ruggiero Ricci and Igor Oistrakh. She also studied Suzuki Pedagogy for violin and Piano at the Columbus Suzuki Institute and Chicago Suzuki Institute.
As as soloist performer, Ms. Abe has appeared with the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Neuqua Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Schubertiade, Saturdays at Sherwood, Starling recital, Metropolis Classical concert series, Australian Musicians recital series, Akademie Konzert series in Austria, International chamber artists, Chicago Japanese American Association to name a few, and ABC(Australian) television networks, sound stage for the WTTW11 and ABC ( American) television networks.
She has recorded on the Naxos, Arabesque and Albarny Labels with the IRIS orchestra, and the Equillibrim label with the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra. Among many others, Ms Abe is a founding member of the Chicago Trio, Chicago Trio Chamber music workshop, Momiji duo (momijiduo.blogspot.com) the Ensemble 312 ( Abe-Bukvich Duo), Viaggio Duo (Duo in Hiroshima Japan) and the IRIS Orchestra under music director Michael Stern in Memphis, Tennessee. She is also a member of the Chicagoland pops orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Camerata Chicago and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra.
A sought-after teacher,Ms.Abe served as a faculty member at the Blue Lake fine Arts camp in Michigan, a residency coach at the Chicago Youth Symphony, community music schools, public schools in the Chicago area. From 2005 until 2010, She served as the Head of the String Department at the Metropolis School of the Performing Arts in Illinois, where she founded the chamber music and ensemble programs. From 2009-2019, She was a faculty member in the String, Piano and Suzuki Departments, Staff accompanist at the Columbia College -Chicago,Continuing and community education
.She has given master classes at several schools, and is frequently invited to serve on juries at competitions and auditions. In 2015, she was awarded the Suzuki Association of the America’s Certificate of Achievement, an award given to teachers that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to excellence in their teaching.
Her major violin teachers include Harry Curby, David Perry, Paul Kantor, Piotr Milewski and Masao Kawasaki. Piano teachers include Junko Nagata, Gabriella Pusner, Margaret Hair, Russian concert pianists, Oleg Stepanov and Prof. Lev Vlassenko from the Moscow Conservatory.
Ms. Abe is a founder/artistic director at the Chicago Trio Chamber music workshop, and maintains a private violin and piano studio and is an active piano accompanist in the Chicago area.
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