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Takeshi Abo


Visiting Assistant Professor of Music



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Dr. Takeshi Abo is lecturer of violin and viola. He is also the conductor of Alma Chamber Orchestra. He has served as assistant professor of violin and viola at Central Michigan University, and has taught at Albion College, Interlochen Arts Camp and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. A founding member of the Emerald Isle String Haven, a summer camp for adult string players, Dr. Abo also founded the Alma String Day Camp.

A brilliant and engaging violinist, Takeshi Abo’s playing has been praised by critics as “angelic” and “breathtakingly beautiful.” He regularly performs throughout the United States and Japan, with recent appearances as soloist in concertos by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Brahms. An active orchestral violinist, Abo has performed as concertmaster with many orchestras, and currently holds that position with the Midland Symphony Orchestra.

He has studied with Yuji Tougi, Yukiko Igarashi, Yuko Iwatani, Misako Kameda, Joseph Fuchs and Robert Dan.

B.M. (violin performance), Kyoto City University of Arts (1994)
M.M. (violin performance), Michigan State University (1997)
D.M.A. (violin performance), Michigan State University (2006)