David Abel’s musical activities span a wide range including chamber music, solo recitals, orchestra appearances, and teaching violin and chamber music. Born in Wenatchee Washington in 1935, he began his violin study at the age of three, and continued his work on the West Coast and in San Francisco, where he studied with Naoum Blinder, former concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony. He was a student of the Alma Trio in chamber-music at the San Francisco Conservatory.
He made his orchestral debut at the age of fourteen with the San Francisco Symphony and has appeared with major orchestras throughout the United States. At eighteen Mr. Abel played his first New York recital, and following that debut concertized in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Latin America. He was a winner of the Leventritt International Violin Competition in 1964, and toured Europe under the auspices of the Martha Baird Rockefeller Foundation.
David Abel has taught at San Jose State University, San Francisco State University, Grinnell College, and Stanford University. He is violinist with the Francesco Chamber Trio, which won the 1974 Naumberg Chamber Music award in New York. He is a participant in the Chamber Music West Festival in San Francisco, a member of the Crown Chamber Players at U.C. Santa Cruz, and has appeared at the Carmel Bach Festival and the Mozart Festival San Luis Obispo.He is currently Artist in Residence with the Francesco Trio at the San Francisco Conservatory.