Performing with the Carpe Diem String Quartet was certainly a highlight in my concert life this season as I it was such a treat to work with such fine musicians. As fellow Juilliard and Marlboro musicians, we had a blast putting together a concert featuring the Giovanni Sollima Contrafactus as well as some Piazzolla favorites. In addition, the quartet performed some ridiculously difficult and compelling music. The Verdi is a rarely performed quartet that is so riveting and lyrical at the same time that one only realizes that the reason it is not performed more often must simply be because of it’s incredibly challenging nature. It was an intensive week of 10 hour rehearsals. Korine, is not only a fantastic violinist and violist, but also a composer + arranger and a acts as the Super Agent Liaison for the group. Chas is a brilliant violinist with impeccably, brilliant technique and outstanding intonation. Megumi was the Guest Violinist during this residency. She is not only a delightful person, but a beautiful violinist matching Chas as the supporting second violin. Carol the cellist provided a strong and secure bottom lines for the quartet with sonorous low register melodies as well as rhythmic stability.
The experience will live inside me forever. I also have to mention my fabulous host family, Jim and Susan Berry who very generously invited me into their gorgeous home in Columbus, Ohio. They were the impeccable hosts, charming and most accommodating with my flutey high notes. I came away from Ohio praising it’s people and especially the two former members of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra; the founders of the Carpe Diem String Quartet, Korine Fujiwara and Charles “Chas” Wetherbee. Bravi Carpe Diem String Quartet!