Karin Kajita is a native of Bainbridge Island. She began piano lessons at age eight. She studied with Professor Neal O’Doan at the University of Washington and earned degrees in piano performance, music and music education. She received two Milnor Roberts scholarships, two Bainbridge Music and Arts scholarships and a Jack Straw Artist Support grant.
Karin’s interests came to include jazz and other musical genres. She studied jazz with Jerome Gray and jazz arranging with William O. Smith. She has performed around Seattle, around the U.S., and in Europe and Japan.
During pandemic isolation, Karin kept busy writing solo piano pieces. Her piece “Confluence” won First Degree Diploma in National Category 2020 and was recommended for the World Composers Recital during the Golden Key Music Festival in Vienna. Unfortunately, due to continuing travel restrictions to Austria, the festival has been postponed.
Karin has recorded three CD’s in her name, “Summerland”, “The Karin Kajita Jazz Quintet at Jazz Vespers” and “Letting Go”.
Karin plays a lovely Yamaha grand piano in the Atrium of 1201 3rd Avenue Tower in downtown Seattle.