Abraham Stokman

Piano Faculty; Piano Improvisation
Piano Improvisation Faculty
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
Group Lessons
Adult Studies
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

Abraham was offered a scholarship from the Julliard School in New York City where, after attending, he obtained his Master's Degree and his Bachelor's Degree in Music.

Significant teachers and mentors: 

One of Mr. Stokman's most significant teachers/mentors was the instructor he had while he was attending Julliard- Edward Steuermann.

Awards and achievements: 

After graduating from Julliard, Mr. Stokman served as a vocal coach in Julliard's opera department for five years until proceeding to give solo and chamber concerts in the United States and Canada. He then moved to Chicago and became the artist-in-residence and assistant professor at the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University, while also serving as chairman of the piano department at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. Abraham has had countless successes in solo recitals at the Alice Tully Hall, the Town Hall in New York City, the Gardner Museum in Boston, the Phillips Gallery in Washington, and Mandel Hall in Chicago. He was also featured as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Stokman has recorded Ramon Zupko's music for CRI, as well as a CD of twentieth century American piano music for Centaur records. He also recorded "Hyperbolea" on a CD of Music by Shulamit Ran. Over the years, Mr. Stokman has also participated in a series of chamber music concerts with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, given throughout the Chicagoland area.

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Mr. Stokman was a member of the Contemporary Chamber Players with Ralph Shapey for many years, and has played for CUBE through the years as well. He is currently teaching piano and improvisation at the Music Institute of Chicago, where he has also founded the contemporary music series, "Music for a While". In the past ten years, this series has featured contemporary composers and their music, presented in a format that made their music more accessible to the audience.