The Abel Family Quartet is a unique musical group comprising two
parents and two children, all professional musicians.
Colette and Alfred, Mom and Dad, are both founding members of the
nationally acclaimed Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. In addition,
Alfred serves as concertmaster for several area orchestras, including
the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, the Kokomo Symphony and the
Marion Philharmonic, is Music Director of the Wabash College
Orchestra, and Visiting Artist at Kentucky Wesleyan College. Colette is
Principal Violist of the Marion Philharmonic. Colette and Alfred, before
the birth of their children, toured internationally with the St. Alban
Quartet, which coached with some of the world’s great chamber music
groups: The Tokyo, American, and Chilingirian Quartets, Quartetto
Italiano, and Beaux Arts Trio.
Their children, violinist Benjamin and cellist Clara, are upcoming artists
in their own right: Benjamin is a graduate student at the Frost School
of Music at University of Miami, a fellow with the Henry Mancini
Institute, and an active participant in prestigious music festivals such as
the Britt and Finger Lakes Festivals and the Castleman Quartet Program.
Clara is a graduate student at the Juilliard School, a recipient of the
Kovner Award; she was chosen to be principal cellist for the inaugural
season of the Carnegie Hall National Youth Orchestra in their tour of
Russia and England.
As a family, the Quartet enjoys an active concert life together,
performing locally and as guests of chamber music series and festivals.