Sam Weiser takes up the role in the quartet’s 18th season, effective immediately


Sam Weiser © Rachel Leiner

Read more news stories here

The Carpe Diem Quartet has announced the appointment of Sam Weiser as its first violinist, as the quartet embarks on its 18th season. Weiser replaces Charles Wetherbee, who died in January 2023.

’During our thoughtful search over the last eight months, we auditioned and interviewed some wonderful and exciting candidates,’ said Korine Fujiwara, the quartet’s violist and executive director. ’However, we knew immediately that we had found our new partner in Sam. He has an adventurous and multilingual musical spirit and his warm and compelling personality both onstage and off engages everyone around him and draws them into the magical musical storytelling world created on the stage. We are thrilled that Sam has joined us in this new chapter of the quartet’s journey.’

Weiser was formerly a member of the  Del Sol Quartet, and is described as a lifelong chamber musician and advocate of contemporary music.  He is the violinist in sfSound, a member of One Found Sound, and the assistant concertmaster of the California Symphony.

He studied with Ian Swensen, Lucy Chapman, James Buswell, and Patinka Kopec. He holds bachelors’ degrees from Tufts University (computer science) and the New England Conservatory (violin), as well as a master’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (chamber music).

The quartet’s 2023-2024 season, ’Forward in all directions’ begins 4 and 5 November 2023 in Columbus, OH. The season features works by Paul Wianko, Emilie Mayer, Joaquín Turina, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Arensky, Ravel, and Dohnanyi. The Carpe Diem Quartet will also present world premieres by Akshaya Avril Tucker, Reza Vali, Mark Lomax II, and Paul Frucht as part of its ’15 for 15’ commissioning project.

Best of Technique

In The Best of Technique you’ll discover the top playing tips of the world’s leading string players and teachers. It’s packed full of exercises for students, plus examples from the standard repertoire to show you how to integrate the technique into your playing.


The Strad’s Masterclass series brings together the finest string players with some of the greatest string works ever written. Always one of our most popular sections, Masterclass has been an invaluable aid to aspiring soloists, chamber musicians and string teachers since the 1990s.


American collector David L. Fulton amassed one of the 20th century’s finest collections of stringed instruments. This year’s calendar pays tribute to some of these priceless treasures, including Yehudi Menuhin’s celebrated ‘Lord Wilton’ Guarneri, the Carlo Bergonzi once played by Fritz Kreisler, and four instruments by Antonio Stradivari.