Christie-Keiko Abe

Violin, Piano Teacher

Christie-Keiko Abe

SAA Member


Chicago, IL
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(Also teaches Music Theory)

* If you are fully vaccinated, In-person instructions are available. (MASK is required) Remote or hybrid mode lessons continue to be available. If you are eligible to get a vaccine, please do!
From August, younger students in-person/social distanced instructions will be available ( MASK is required and it is at your own risk) * I have a small studio space/ Air purifier is placed in the studio for our health and safety!

Ms Christie’s Studio is almost full—Please e mail Ms Christie to consult if there may be a time available that works mutually or to be placed on a waiting list * ( please include student’s name, age, music background ( New to music or has been playing for how many years etc. when enquiring for lessons. Thank you)

note: Due to back to back teaching schedule, and performing schedule, I do not travel to students’ homes to teach

Summer Chamber Music Workshop Camp with Ms Christie (age 6 and up)

Violin and Piano lessons in English or Japanese (日本語) , Music Theory & Piano accompanist
-Post Graduate Artist Diploma : University of Wisconsin-Madison
-Specialist in Music PhD : University of Michigan
-MM: Australian Institute of Music
-BM Honors: Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney

Her students have been successful in auditions and competitions. Her students participates in CYSO, MYA Orchestra, DuPage Orchestra, Elgin Youth Symphony, IMEA All State, Interlochen summer music camps, Chicago Suzuki Institute, Aspen Music Festival, New World Symphony, Chicago Trio Chamber workshops and many more music events.

Her major teachers- Violin: Harry Curby, David Perry, Paul Kantor, Masao Kawasaki. Suzuki Teacher training with Linda Steig, Michele George, Nancy Jackson, Thomas Wermuth.
Piano: Junko Nagata, Gabriella Pusner, Margaret Hair, Russian concert pianists, Oleg Stepanov and Prof. Lev Vlassenko from the Moscow Conservatory. Suzuki Teachers Training with Diana Galindo

~~~Ms Christie’s Full Biography~~~

An Australian violinist/pianist, Christie-Keiko Abe  performs as a soloist, chamber and orchestral 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 Master of Music from the Australian Institute of Music, her PhD Specialist in Music in 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. DavidPerry. 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 Capital University Suzuki Institute of Ohio, and the Chicago Music Institute of Illinois.

As a soloist performer, Ms Abe has appeared with the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, the Schubertiade Series sponsored by Piano Forte Chicago, Saturday at Sherwood, Columbia College Recital Series, Metropolis Performing Arts Center Classical concert series, Australian Musicians Academy Recital Series, Starling recital series in Aspen, Akademie Konzert series in Austria, International Chamber Artists Recital series, Concert series sponsored by the Chicago Japanese American Association, and Sound Stage for the WTTW 11 and ABC television networks.  

She has recorded on the NAXOS, Arabesque,and Albany 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, the  Ensemble312 (Chicago), Momiji Duo (Chicago), Viaggio Duo ( 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, and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. She was the Concertmaster at the Michigan Musical Theatre Orchestra, International Pacific Music Festival and Mostly Mozart Festival 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 Association, Merit School of Music, and the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute. 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. 
Many of her students have been successful at auditions and International competitions.

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 String ensemble programs. From 2009-2019,Ms. Abe was a faculty member in the String , Piano and Suzuki Departments, Staff accompanist at the at 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.

Currently,  She is an artistic director at Chicago Trio Chamber Music Workshop.

Ms Abe maintains a private Violin and Piano Studio in Chicago (River North Music Studio) and also teaches Music theory. Ms.Christie’s Chicago River North Music studio and active accompanist in the Chicago area.