Billie Howard is a Chicago-based pianist, violinist and educator. As a performer, she is inspired by contemporary and experimental music on the farthest ends of the volume spectrum, ranging from the quietest sounds to fully-amplified extremes. She frequently works in collaboration, often with one of her groups: NbN Trio, a.pe.ri.od.ic, The Paver, and Aptera Strings. She also composes under the moniker Akosuen, which ranges from a solo endeavor to a full 6-piece band with chorus. Akosuen recently score the short film, Olion, which was accepted to the 2017 Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival. Billie also maintains a large piano studio and teaches theory and music courses at Concordia University.
Photo by Roman Sobus.
In demand as a freelance violinist and pianist, she has performed with Bobby Conn, Wrekmeister Harmonies, Girl Group Chicago, Chicago Composer’s Orchestra, Liam Davis, Lykanthea, Very Truly Yours, The Rutabega, Ronnie Kuller, Matthew Shelton, the Heritage Chorale of Oak Park and Classical Revolution. An active session musician, she has been featured on studio recordings by American Idol winner Lee DeWyze, Grammy-nominated children’s artist Justin Roberts as well as many other recording artists.
In addition, Billie is a dedicated arts curator and producer, working as the Artistic Planning and Administration Manager for High Concept Labs.
She holds a M.Mus. from Northwestern University and B.A. from Montana State University.