Lucy Abrams, 30, is a Chicago native currently residing in Helsinki, Finland. She received Bachelors degrees with High Honors 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 from the University of the Arts Helsinki - Sibelius Academy in 2016 and is currently a doctoral candidate in the DocMus program 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. Her teachers include Olli Leppäniemi, Yehuda Gilad, J. David Harris, and Gary Karner.
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, Elollinen, will take place in Talvipuutarha Winter Garden on April 4, 2020. Lucy has been supported through funding by Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, the Jenni and Antti Wihuri Foundation, the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Finlandia Foundation, and the American Scandinavian Foundation.