One of the most unique and sought-after chamber ensembles on the concert stage today, the Carpe Diem String Quartet is a boundary-breaking ensemble that has earned widespread critical and audience acclaim for its innovative programming and electrifying performances. Carpe Diem defies easy classification with programming that includes classical, Gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock, and jazz-inspired music. The quartet appears on traditional concert series (Carnegie Hall, New York NY; Jordan Hall, Boston MA; National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua NY; Asolo Theater, Sarasota FL) as well as unconventional venues (Poisson Rouge, NYC; Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, Half-Moon Bay, CA; The Redlands Bowl, Redlands, CA; The Mug & Brush, Columbus, OH). Carpe Diem has been awarded five transformative grants from the PNC Foundation for their community outreach in Central Ohio.

Carpe Diem has become one of America's premiere “indie” string quartets without sacrificing its commitment to the traditional quartet repertoire, and continues to rack up accolades and awards.

The Carpe Diem’s performance of Beethoven’s Op. 59 No. 1 quartet (one of the hardest in the repertoire) had everything: care with dynamics and accents, timing of nuances, clarity of voice-leading and the widest ranges of character in each movement. This was one of the finest performances of a quartet standard I’ve heard in years.

Among these contemporary quartets who speak in different tongues, the Carpe Diem is the best one out there.

When it came time to deliver the most compositionally and emotionally complex music ever written, their imagination and instrumental skill took them to a different level entirely.

... The Carpe Diem Quartet, appearing at the Dumbarton Church, was extraordinary.

—The Washington Post

Seize the Music Siena

Play, study, discover Chamber Music in Italy with Carpe Diem String Quartet!

June 29 – July 7, 2018


CDSQ at Carnegie Hall

“With enthrallingly flawless execution and miraculous synchronicity, the Carpe Diem String Quartet wowed their New York audience on Saturday night at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. Comprised of Charles Wetherbee and Amy Galuzzo on violin, co-founder Korine Fujiwara on viola, and Carol Ou on cello, the four aptly describe their style as ‘virtuosity without pomposity.’ The experience of the extremely diverse ensemble was an unmatched delicacy of the classical and modern music scene.”

CDSQ Breaks the Mold

Virtuosity without pomposity. That could be a bumper sticker for the Carpe Diem String Quartet, a group of adventurous musicians with Columbus roots and a growing reputation for innovative ensemble music.


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