Cellist Julian Bennett began his cello studies at the age of 9. Growing up in a family of musicians, he also studied piano, violin and flute. He made his concerto debut with the Tacoma Youth Symphony, winning the Concerto Competition in 2016. He also was a state finalist and regional First Prize winner in multiple years for both solo and chamber music at the Washington Music Educators Association (WMWA) competitions.
Julian has participated in festivals such as the Orford and Domaine Forget Music Academies in Quebec, Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute in Leavenworth, WA, and Sewanee Summer Music Festival in Tennessee. He has also performed with the Second City Chamber Music Young Chamber Players in Washington and has been a guest artist at the Snake River Chamber Music Festival in Colorado. He regularly served as principal cellist of the Lawrence University Symphony Orchestra, and previously served as principal cellist of the Tacoma Youth Symphony and Tacoma School of the Arts Orchestra.
His primary cello teachers include Horacio Contreras, Janet Anthony, Richard Treat, and Pei-An Chao. He has performed in master classes for notable cellists such as Amir Eldan, Philippe Muller, John Kadz, Julian Steckel, Susan Babini, and Joshua Roman.
Julian is a recent graduate of the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin where he received his Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance and graduated magna cum laude. This fall, he will begin his Masters degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he will study with Jennifer Culp.
He plays on an exquisite 1999 cello made by Eric Benning and a 2014 bow by Gilles Chancereul. In his spare time, Julian is an avid cook and enjoys playing with his two dogs.
Cameron Bennett has had an active and varied career as a performing musician, teacher, and arts administrator, having served in a diversified range of academic and artistic institutions. He is Dean of the School of Arts and Communication and Professor of Music at Pacific Lutheran University. He joined PLU in 2010 after an eighteen-year tenure at Ohio Wesleyan University, where he was professor and chair of one of the most respected liberal arts music programs in the nation. Dr. Bennett has held numerous administrative positions throughout his career, including: Executive Director of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, Ohio; Chair of the Department of Music at OWU; and Executive Director of the MidAmerica Chamber Music Institute.
As a performing artist, Cameron has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, Russia, and the Far East. He is in great demand as a collaborative musician and appears regularly with the Snake River Chamber Players in Colorado and was a founding member of the Marble Cliff Chamber Players in Ohio. He served for many seasons as chamber music performer and coach at the Victoria International Festival in Victoria, Canada, and as staff accompanist at The Juilliard School. Dr. Bennett has taught previously at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and has given master classes at the Beijing Central Conservatory, Shanghai Conservatory, and the Chinese Cultural University in Taipei, Taiwan. His performances have been featured on WOSU-FM in Columbus, Ohio and in Taipei, on the Taiwan Television Network. He has performed with pianist Cecile Licad in a duo-performance with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and with such notable musicians as cellists Zuill Bailley, William DeRosa, and Clancy Newman, clarinetists Richard Stoltzman and Robert Spring, violinist Charles Wetherbee, and the St. Lawrence and Carpe Diem String Quartets.
Dr. Bennett, originally from Canada, received both his Masters and Doctorate degrees in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music. He also holds degrees from the University of Western Ontario and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada. He has attended the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education at Harvard University Graduate School of Education, as well as senior leadership workshops through ACE, CASE, NASM, and GLCA. He holds the Professional College Teacher Certification Diploma from the Music Teachers National Association and is a member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. He has been honored with the Excellence in Education Award from Ohio Magazine. Dr. Bennett served multiple terms as Commissioner on the Washington State Arts Commission, on the Grants Committee of The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, and as Commissioner on the Upper Arlington Cultural Arts Commission. He has served on the executive boards of the Music Teachers National Association, Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra, and on grants through the New American Colleges and Universities and The Five Colleges of Ohio. He is a member of and holds the College Teacher Certification Diploma from the Music Teachers National Association, and is also a member of the College Music Society and Chamber Music America. He has studied piano with Constance Keene, Ronald Turini, Peter Katin, Robin McCabe, Pierre Souvairan, and Irina Kugucheva, and has studied chamber music with Harvey Shapiro, Lorand Fenyves and Raphael Bronstein.
Montana native Korine Fujiwara is a founding member of the Carpe Diem String Quartet, a devoted and sought-after chamber musician and teacher, and a gifted composer and arranger.
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, and has received multiple awards and commendations for their community outreach.
Ms. Fujiwara is Lecturer of violin and viola at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma Washington. She served for many years on the music faculty of Ohio Wesleyan University and is in great demand for master classes and clinics throughout the United States. Korine’s students have been accepted into the performance programs of such institutions as Indiana University, Cincinnati College Conservatory, and Northwestern University to continue their musical studies.
Korine has received multiple commissions including works for opera, chamber ensembles,
chorus, concerti, and music for modern dance. Her works have been performed throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Italy, Switzerland, China, and Japan. Named as one of Strings Magazine’s “25 Contemporary Composers to Watch”, critics have remarked of Ms Fujiwara’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 Magazine); “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 Magazine);“Fujiwara’s music is rich and beguiling throughout.”(The Columbus Dispatch); “A remarkably sophisticated piece of
storytelling.”(The Wall Street Journal).
Korine is a recipient of an Opera America Commissioning Grant from the Opera Grants for Female Composers program, made possible through the generosity of The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, for the composition of “The Flood,” an award-winning opera with Stephen Wadsworth, librettist, premiered by Opera Columbus and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in February 2019.
Ms. Fujiwara is a gifted performer on both the violin and viola, and holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Northwestern University, where she studied with Joseph Fuchs and Myron Kartman, respectively. Her other mentors include Harvey Shapiro, Robert Mann, and Joel Krosnik. Ms. Fujiwara is a member of the music honorary society Pi Kappa Lambda.
Korine began her orchestral career with the Brooklyn Philharmonic and served as a principal player and soloist with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus. She is also a former member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, where she held the position of Acting Assistant Principal Second Violin.
Korine performs on a 1790 Contreras violin, 2004 Kurt Widenhouse viola, and bows by three of today’s finest makers, Paul Martin Siefried, Ole Kanestrom and Charles Espey, all of Port Townsend, WA, USA.