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 Blue Water Kings. She also composes under the moniker Akosuen, which ranges from a solo endeavor to a full 6-piece band with chorus. Akosuen recently scored the short film, Olion, which was accepted to the 2017 Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival. Billie also maintains a large private piano studio and teaches theory and music courses at Concordia University.
Performance highlights include the Oscillations Series at Experimental Sound Studio, Resonance Series at the Hideout, Museum of Contemporary Art with a.pe.ri.od.ic and Bobby Conn, Bohemian National Cemetery with Wrekmeister Harmonies, classical performances at Constellation, Ganz Hall, Pick-Staiger Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, and US tours with the Paver.
In demand as a freelance violinist and pianist, she has performed with Bobby Conn, Wrekmeister Harmonies, Minor Characters, Chicago Composer’s Orchestra, Liam Davis, Lykanthea, Very Truly Yours, The Rutabega, Ronnie Kuller, 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. in piano performance and pedagogy from Northwestern University and B.A. in piano and violin performance from Montana State University.
Photo by Roman Sobus.