Thursday, April 27, 2023 at 7pm

Hole Memorial Auditorium, La Sierra University
4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside, CA 92515

Kristin Lee, Violin
Jason Uyeyama, Violin
Caitlin Lynch, Viola
Ani Aznavoorian, Cello

Beethoven String Quartet in F Major, Op. 135
Dvorak String Quartet Op. 96, ‘American’

Free Admission


A recipient of the 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, as well as a top prize winner of the 2012 Walter W. Naumburg Competition and the Astral Artists’ 2010 National Auditions, Kristin Lee is a violinist of remarkable versatility andimpeccable technique who enjoys a vibrant career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and educator. “Her technique is flawless, and she has a sense of melodic shaping that reflects an artistic maturity,” writes the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and The Stradreports, “She seems entirely comfortable with stylistic diversity, which is one criterion that separates the run-of-the-mill instrumentalists from true artists.”

In addition to her dynamic performing career ,Lee was recently appointed to the faculty of University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music as Assistant Professor of Violin. She is the artistic director of Emerald City Music in Seattle, a chamber music series she co-founded in 2015. Also an accomplished chamber musician, Kristin Lee is amember of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, performing at Lincoln Center in New York and on tourwith CMS throughout each season.

Kristin Lee has appeared as soloist with leading orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra, St. LouisSymphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Hawai’i Symphony,Hong Kong Philharmonic, UralPhilharmonic of Russia, Korean Broadcasting Symphony, Guiyang Symphony Orchestra of China, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional of Dominican Republic, and many others. She has performed onthe world’s finest concertstages, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Kennedy Center, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Ravinia Festival, the Louvre Museum in Paris, Washington, D.C.’s Phillips Collection, and Korea’s Kumho Art Gallery.

Born in Seoul, Lee began studying violin at age five and within one year won First Prize at the Korea Times Violin Competition. In 1995, she moved to the US to continue her studies under Sonja Foster and in 1997 entered The Juilliard School’s Pre-College. In 2000, Lee was chosen to study with Itzhak Perlman after he heard her perform with the Pre-College Symphony. Lee holds a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School.

Jason Uyeyama

Jason Uyeyama is founder and director of the Orange County String Studio.  He is also Associate Professor of Music and Director of String Studies at La Sierra University, where he teaches violin, viola, and chamber music.  He holds a Master's degree from The Juilliard School where he studied with Masao Kawasaki.  Previous teachers include Itzhak Perlman, Dorothy DeLay, and Yao-Ji Lin.

Mr. Uyeyama continues to lead an active career as recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and soloist.  He has performed regularly with the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 2005, and has performed with the Pacific Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.  Festival appearances include Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, Festicamara in Medellin, Colombia, as well as the festivals of Aspen, Tanglewood, and Taos.

Ben Ullery

Violist Caitlin Lynch has gained recognition and critical acclaim as an artist who enjoys a vibrant and diverse musical career. Having performed in fourteen countries on five continents, Ms. Lynch’s performances include memorable collaborations with artists ranging from Itzhak Perlman to Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood and Bjork. She has performed with members of the Tokyo, Cleveland, Juilliard, Cavani, and Aeolus String Quartets, members of the Weilerstein Trio, and with Alarm Will Sound, A Far Cry, Atlanta Symphony, and the Cleveland Orchestra. Ms. Lynch performs regularly with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, Wordless Music, and Metropolis Ensemble. She has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, whose tours have featured her concerti performances across North America and Europe.

Ms. Lynch has performed at major venues across the globe, including Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Halls, National Center for the Performing Arts (Beijing), NYC’s Bargemusic and Le Poisson Rouge, Sapporo Art Park (Japan), Jerusalem Music Centre, Miami’s New World Center, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Cleveland’s Severance Hall, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, among others. Summer festival performances include the Lincoln Center Festival, Chelsea Music Festival, Festival Mozaic, Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, and the Pacific Music Festival’s Quartet Program.

Ms. Lynch is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where she was a recipient of the prestigious Morse Fellowship, and the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was honored with the Robert Vernon Prize in Viola. She also studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. Ms. Lynch performs on an 18th century viola made by English luthier William Forster. Her performances can be heard on NPR, WQXR (NYC), WCLV (Cleveland) radio, as well as PBS, New York Public Media’s WNET, and the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation’s NHK.

Eric Byers

The Strad magazine describes cellist Ani Aznavoorian as having “scorchingly committed performances that wring every last drop of emotion out of the music. Her technique is well-nigh immaculate, she has a natural sense of theater, and her tone is astonishingly responsive.” Ms. Aznavoorian is in demand as a soloist and chamber musician with some of the most recognized ensembles, and she has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Finnish Radio Symphony, the International Sejong Soloists, the Belgrade Philharmonic, the Juilliard Orchestra, and the Edmonton Symphony. This season marks Ms. Aznavoorian’s fifteenth year as Principal Cellist with Camerata Pacifica. 

Ms. Aznavoorian received the prestigious Bunkamura Orchard Hall Award for her outstanding cello playing and artistry. Some of her other awards include first prizes in the Illinois Young Performers Competition (televised live on PBS with the Chicago Symphony), the Chicago Cello Society National Competition, the Julius Stulberg Competition, and the American String Teachers Association Competition. She was a top prizewinner in the 1996 International Paulo Competition, held in Helsinki, Finland. As a recipient of the Level I Award in the National Foundation for the Arts Recognition and Talent Search, Ms. Aznavoorian was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and performed as soloist at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. where she met former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

In addition to performing, teaching plays an important part in Ms. Aznavoorian’s career. She has been a member of the distinguished music faculty at the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana, and in the summers has served on the faculty of the Great Mountains Music Festival in South Korea. Ms. Aznavoorian enjoys performing new music and has made the world premiers of many important pieces in the cello repertoire. Some of these include Ezra Laderman’s Concerto No. 2 with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic under the baton of Lawrence Leighton Smith, Lera Auerbach’s 24 Preludes for Cello and Piano on stage at the Hamburg Staatsoper with the Hamburg State Ballet—choreographed by John Neumeier, and Lera Auerbach’s Dreammusik for Cello and Chamber Orchestra, which was written for her and commissioned by Camerata Pacifica. Ms. Aznavoorian records for Cedille Records, and she proudly performs on a cello made by her father Peter Aznavoorian in Chicago.