Matthew 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 Society and folk musicians would often visit their home. While his brother's interest in the dulcimer evaporated, Abelson's fascination grew.
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, and original works. His performances are exciting, engaging, and entertaining - weaving together traditional stories, personal anecdotes and humor to compliment the music.
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 region, Michigan and his home state of Ohio. His audiences have included President Clinton, Vice President Gore, author Anne Rice and other notables. In May 1999, Abelson took first place at the Mid-East Regional Hammered Dulcimer Competition.
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