Korine Fujiwara, composer, founding member, violist, and Co-‐Executive Director of Carpe Diem String Quartet
Named as one of Strings Magazine’s “25 Contemporary Composers to Watch,” critics say of Korine’s music:
"The ear is forever tickled by beautifully judged music that manages to be sophisticated and accessible at the same time"
"Contains a very rare attribute in contemporary classical music: happiness." ~Fanfare
"She knows how to exploit all the resources of string instruments alone and together; her quartet writing is very democratic, with solos for everyone; her solo violin writing is fiendishly difficult." ~Strings
A violinist and violist, Fujiwara holds degrees from Juilliard and Northwestern University, studied with Joseph Fuchs, Myron Kartman, Harvey Shapiro, Robert Mann, and Joel Krosnik, was a longtime faculty member of Ohio Wesleyan University, and is in great demand for master classes and clinics.
Korine performs on a 1790 Contreras violin, a 2004 viola by Kurt Widenhouse, and bows by three of today’s finest makers, Paul Martin Siefried, Ole Kanestrom and Charles Espey, all of Port Townsend, WA, USA.
Korine hails from Billings, Montana and currently lives with her husband, son, and dog in Brown’s Point, WA.
“Charred in a Minute” from Korine Fujiwara’s “Six Tasty Caprices for Solo Violin”
“Charred in a Minute” from Korine Fujiwara’s “Six Tasty Caprices for Solo Violin” in this video, as performed by Charles Wetherbee
“Strange Marinara”, the second caprice from Korine Fujiwara’s “Six Tasty Caprices” for solo violin by composer Korine Fujiwara.
The music, performed by Charles Wetherbee, is joined by a photo slide show put together by Karina Wetherbee.
“Hands” by Korine Fujiwara, movements 1 & 2 [part 1 of 2] performed by Carpe Diem String Quartet on 22 Sept. 2013 in Columbus OH
Hands (2010, revised 2013)
The human hand lends itself to many interpretations. Hands are tools of work, tools of communication, tools of expression, and tools of artistry. We can show a gesture of obscenity, love, or peace with our hands. We lend a helping hand, we give performers a hand, we close important transactions with a hand shake, and, as friends, lovers, parents, we hold each other’s hands.
1. “Open Hands”
2. “Intermezzo: Play Your Hands” — (starts at 12:55)