M.M. San Francisco Conservatory of Music: Violin Performance
B.A. Bard College: Violin Performance & German Studies

Suzuki Units 1-3 || Mrs. Cathy Lee | Northern California Suzuki Institute

Flying Carpet Music Festival || Mardin, Turkey || 2018
The Banff Centre || Alberta, Canada || 2016
New Music on the Point || Leicester, VT || 2016
Avaloch Farm || Boscawen, NH || 2015, 2016


Violinist Abigail Shiman is an active performer and passionate teacher. Growing up in a musical family in the Boston area, music was always a familial staple. It blossomed into a passion at a young age, and later into a career. Based in Austin, TX, where she has an active teaching studio, Abigail performs and leads workshops all around the world. In September of this year, she worked as a teaching artist at the Flying Carpet Festival in Mardin, Turkey, where she performed and led workshops with artists from around the globe.

Taking joy in the collaborative nature of chamber music, Abigail is a founding member of the Amaranth Quartet, a San Francisco based string quartet now in its fifth season. Amaranth Quartet was featured on the Kronos Quartet Festival 2017 at SF Jazz, was in residence at the Banff Centre, and will perform this year in the Shenson Chamber Music Concert at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The Quartet takes pride in collaborating with contemporary composers to bring new pieces to life, and just announced a call for scores by young composers ages 16-24.

Abigail is in her fourth season with One Found Sound, San Francisco's premiere unconducted and collaborative chamber orchestra. The ensemble brings the magic of chamber music to enthusiastic audiences in unique and immersive concert experiences.

Shiman received her MM from San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Ian Swenson, and mentorship of Cathy van Hoesen and Bettina Mussumeli. In her undergraduate work at Bard College, Abigail received musical guidance from Erika Kiesewetter, Marka Gustavsson, and the Colorado Quartet.

When she is away from her violin, Abigail can be spotted going for a run, baking sweet treats, finding water to swim in, and drinking coffee.


If you’d like more information about a private lesson or booking a chamber music coaching with Abigail, please reach out here. She is thrilled to offer a free 30 minute consultation lesson to each prospective student. This provides a wonderful basis to move forward with setting goals and booking that regularly scheduled lesson!