Karin is an accomplished jazz and classical pianist who studied the piano formally for sixteen years. Her teachers through high school included Corrine Berg, Willard Schultz and Professor Neal O’Doan of the University of Washington. Karin continued her studies with Professor O’Doan at the UW and earned degrees in music, piano performance, and music education with choral emphasis. She studied jazz with Jerry Gray and jazz arranging with Professor Bill Smith at the UW. Karin was awarded two Milnor Roberts scholarships and two Bainbridge Music and Art Foundation scholarships. She is the recipient of a 2006 Artist Support Grant from Jack Straw Productions.
Karin is the leader of the Karin Kajita Jazz Quintet which performs at local festivals, concert series and venues. Please click the link to read more about the quintet.
Karin plays with Emily McIntosh, the David George 10tet, the Blues Street Voices and Mairin & Friends. She is accompanist for "The Group", a talented group of singers that has produced shows at The Ruins and ACT Theatre, and at many private functions.
Karin plays solo three times per week in the Atrium in The Tower at 1201 3rd Avenue in downtown Seattle. Karin has had repeat solo performances at the NW Flower and Garden Show, the Seattle Christmas Ball and Best of the Northwest Crafts Fair. She recently finished a six month contract at Twelve Moons at Snoqualmie Casino. She performed at venues in Kalispell and Whitefish, MT in February '13. Karin has played professionally in Seattle, New York, Denver, Wichita, Canada and Salt Lake City. She has done five tours of Japan, playing and singing in hotel lounges. She has performed for Crystal and Norwegian Cruise Lines in Alaska, northern Europe and the Mediterranean.
Karin has performed on the Queen of the West, a paddlewheel boat on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. She has had extended engagements at Martins Off Madison, Julia's on Broadway, the West Coast Bellevue Hotel, the Woodmark Hotel at Carillon Point, the Seattle Hilton, the Seattle Westin, the Seattle Sheraton and the Alexis Hotel, Sullivan's Steakhouse and the 1201 Third Avenue Tower.