Alfred Abel

Alfred  Abel Alfred Abel has been the concertmaster of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra since 1986. He is Associate Principal Second Violin of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, a chair he has occupied for 24 years. He was recently appointed Visiting Artist at Kentucky Wesleyan College, where he has had the pleasure of collaborating with pianist Diane Early for two years. Alfred teaches violin and viola at Wabash College and is the conductor of the Wabash College Chamber Orchestra. He co-founded and conducted the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony until 2007. Prior to this, he served as concertmaster of the Kokomo Symphony, conductor of both the Indianapolis Youth Orchestra and the Greater Indianapolis Youth Symphony, adjunct professor of music theory at Butler University, and adjunct violin professor at Purdue University. As a chamber musician, Mr. Abel performs frequently with his wife, violist Colette Grossman Abel and cellist Margot Marlatt in Trio Amabile. He has toured Germany, Spain and Italy with the St. Alban Quartet, which received favorable reviews in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Barcelona's El Noticiero. He has coached with many of the world's preeminent chamber musicians, including members of the Tokyo, American, Chillinghirian Quartets, Quartetto Italiano, The Borodin Trio, and the Beaux Arts Trio. As a soloist, Alfred has performed concertos and major solo works of Bach, Brahms, Mozart, Ravel, Saint Saƫns, Sarasate, Sibelius, Vieuxtemps and Vivaldi with the Lafayette Symphony, the Kokomo Symphony, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis, the Anderson Symphony, the Carmel Symphony and the Butler University Symphony. His performances have been aired on NPR, Indiana cable television, and Southwest German Television. Mr. Abel studied with Vartan Manoogian at the NCSA and at Butler University. He pursued graduate studies with Franco Gulli at Indiana University. He holds two bachelor's degrees: B.A. cum laude in Classics, University of North Carolina; and B.M. cum laude in Violin Performance, Butler University. He and his wife Colette have two children, Benjamin and Clara.