Born in Nara, Japan, Takeshi Abo started playing the violin at the age of five. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Kyoto City University of Arts in Japan and continued his study at Michigan State University in 1995. He earned both master’s and the doctoral degrees at MSU.
Dr. Abo is Concertmaster of the Alma, Battle Creek and Midland Symphony Orchestras. He has also played as Concertmaster with a number of orchestras throughout Michigan. An active violinist, Abo has given recitals and concerto performances in Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Dr. Abo has been on the faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. He also served as assistant professor of violin/viola at Central Michigan University. Currently, he is on the faculty at Alma College and Albion College.
His primary teachers include Robert Dan, Joseph Fuchs and Misako Kameda.