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Abelson grew up in Princeton, New Jersey and was introduced to the hammered dulcimer at age 6, when his father built one for his other brother. Both of his parents were involved with the Princeton Folk Music
He began practicing on his own, every day for a month. This convinced his parents that he was ready for music lessons. So, following a more conventional route, the dulcimer was stored away and the family piano
"I studied piano for 10 years and in fifth graded began violin lessons. In seventh grade, I switched to viola and became very good, very fast. There was something about the viola's
By this time, Abelson had taken up a variety of instruments such as the bagpipes and the English concertina. Abelson remembers, "There was a wall in my parents' living room
When it was time for choosing a college, it was as important the it offered a good music school as well as a good biology program, his stated major. He choose Oberlin College,
In October 1991, he traveled to New Orleans with friends and played as a street musician in the French Quarter. It was then he realized his love for performing for an audience.
Abelson returned to college and was graduated in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in biology. In the summer of 1993, a job offer at a molecular genetics research and some music gigs lured him
Between gigs he worked at a local coffee shop and a cooperative grocery store to make ends meet. Many meals were missed as he saved the $3,500 needed to produce his first demo tape and CD.
His second hammered dulcimer was built in 1984 by the late Michael Autorino. It was on this instrument that he recorded his first CD, The Flying Dulcimer. His most
Abelson plays a variety of musical styles. Although he started with primarily Irish tunes, his repertoire now includes traditional American music as well as classical, renaissance, jazz,
Abelson is now performing, recording, and teaching full-time. He appears extensively at colleges, universities, major festivals and coffee houses through-out the Mid-Atlantic