Lucy Abrams, 30, is a Chicago native currently residing in Helsinki, Finland. She received Bachelors degrees in clarinet performance and anthropology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Music degree in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. She completed a second Master of Music / Soloist Diploma from the Sibelius Academy in 2016 and is currently in the Arts Study Doctoral Program, also at the Sibelius Academy. Formerly Co Principal and Eb clarinet of the Oulu Symphony, Lucy currently freelances in southern Finland, performing with the Lahti Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, and Pori Sinfonietta. She has been featured as a soloist with the Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra, Mikkeli String Orchestra, and Haapavesi Chamber Orchestra. Lucy is a student of Olli Leppäniemi and Yehuda Gilad.
An orchestral musician with a passion for contemporary music, Lucy's doctoral project focuses on the study of contemporary repertoire for clarinet, composed post-1980, by Finnish and American composers. Her first doctoral concert, Imagined Models, took place on November 13, 2018 in Organo Hall at the Helsinki Music Center. Lucy’s second concert, Cafe Contemporary, is planned for mid-2019. Lucy's artistic research has been supported by funding from Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, the Jenni and Antti Wihuri Foundation, and the Finnish Cultural Foundation.