Seize the Music Florence

What is Seize the Music Florence with Carpe Diem String Quartet?

Seize the Music Florence offers music lovers an opportunity to study chamber music with outstanding coaches, to perform, and to broaden and enrich their musical experience in the world renowned historic city of Florence, Italy. Read more...


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. Comprising 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.” Read more...

CDSQ Awarded CMA Grant

Carpe Diem String Quartet is honored to receive a 2015 Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grant. We are thrilled to collaborate with composer Reza Vali on a new string quartet exploring the Dastgah system and Persian polyphony!

Twelve grants totaling $198,100 have been awarded through the Classical Commissioning program, which provides support for US-based professional classical and world music ensembles and presenters for the creation and performance of new chamber works by American composers.

This commission has been made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.

We are extremely thankful to Chamber Music America for this prestigious recognition of both Carpe Diem String Quartet and Reza Vali.

CDSQ Is Travel Grant Recipient

Carpe Diem String Quartet would like to acknowledge with gratefulness the generous travel grant we received from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

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Carpe Diem String Quartet

Carpe Diem is a boundary-breaking ensemble that has earned widespread critical and audience acclaim for its innovative programming and electrifying performances. With programming that reflects its passions for Gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock, and jazz-inspired music alongside the traditional string quartet repertoire, the quartet continues to rack up accolades and awards.

For three consecutive years, Carpe Diem was the only quartet in America chosen to receive the prestigious PNC Foundation’s ArtsAlive Awards, and they have received rave reviews:

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

Carpe Diem seeks out, and is sought after by, artists from many different genres for collaborations. Carpe Diem’s diverse musical partnerships include American singer/songwriter/ guitarist Willy Porter—the CD of their live concert debut continues to receive accolades—as well as Latin Grammy winner/bandoneón player Raul Juarena, klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer, cellist Yo Yo Ma, banjo virtuoso and Canadian Folk Music “Artist of the Year” Jayme Stone, Dixieland trumpeter Tom Battenberg, Chinese pipa player Yihan Chen, and world master of the Persian santoor Dariush Saghafi.

The quartet is the resident ensemble for Columbus Dance Theatre, and their joint project The String Machine was aired by WOSU-PBS television through 2007- 2008, and nominated for an Emmy award. The quartet has a busy recording schedule, and continues its project of recording the nine string quartets of Sergey Taneyev for the Naxos label.

Carpe Diem champions the music of living composers, and has commissioned, premiered, and performed works from a broad and stylistically diverse range of various composers including Frank Bennett, Danny Elfman, Ken Fuchs, Korine Fujiwara, Osvaldo Golijov, Andre Hajdu, Donald Harris, Jennifer Higdon, Jonathan Leshnoff, Nicholas Maw, William Thomas McKinley, Clancy Newman, Carter Pann, Kevin Putts, Eric Sawyer, Gunther Schuller, Richard Smoot, Bradley Sowash, Lawrence Dillon, and Bruce Wolosoff, among others. Carpe Diem is committed to pushing the limits of the classical string quartet and to changing the concert experience of chamber music. Using innovative programming, thematic concerts, popular music for younger generations, cameras and video to assist in the visual presentation, as well as speaking from the stage to better engage the audience, Carpe Diem is bringing new audiences into the concert hall and revitalizing the chamber music experience.

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.