Guest Artist Martin Chalifour, Principal Concertmaster at the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 7pm

Troesh Conference Center at the Zapara School of Business, La Sierra University
4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside, CA 92515

String Trio in C Minor Op. 9 No. 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata for Two Violins in C Major Op. 56 by Sergei Prokofiev
String Quartet in D Minor D. 810, “Death and the Maiden” by Franz Schubert

Martin Chalifour, Violin
Jason Uyeyama, Violin
Caitlin Lynch, Viola
Michael Kaufman, Cello

$15 General Admission •  $10 Seniors •  $5 Students


Martin Chalifour began his tenure as Principal Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1995. The recipient of various grants and awards in his native Canada, he graduated with honors from the Montreal Conservatory at the age of 18 and then moved to Philadelphia to pursue studies at the Curtis Institute of Music.
Chalifour received a Certificate of Honor at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, and is also a laureate of the Montreal International Competition. Apart from his LA Phil duties he maintains an active solo career, playing a diverse repertoire of more than 60 concertos. Chalifour has appeared as soloist with conductors Pierre Boulez, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Sir Neville Marriner, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Outside the U.S., he has played solos with the Auckland Philharmonia, the Montreal Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Taiwan, and the Malaysian Philharmonic, among others.

Chalifour began his orchestral career with the late Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony, playing as Associate Concertmaster for six years. Subsequently he occupied the same position for five years in the Cleveland Orchestra, where he also served as Acting Concertmaster under Christoph von Dohnányi. While in Cleveland, Chalifour taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music and was a founding member of the Cleveland Orchestra Piano Trio.

Chalifour is a frequent guest at several summer music festivals, including the Sarasota Festival, the Mainly Mozart Festival, and the Reno Chamber Music Festival. In December 2014 at the same Nevada festival, Chalifour was featured with his friend and colleague Noah Bendix-Balgley in a special program entitled “The Concertmasters of the Berlin Phil and the LA Phil.” Maintaining close ties with his native country, he has returned there often to teach and perform as soloist with various Canadian orchestras, most recently with the Vancouver Symphony and Bramwell Tovey.

Martin Chalifour has recorded solo and chamber music for the Telarc, Northstar and Yarlung labels. He teaches at the University of Southern California and Caltech. He was appointed as a Yosemite Centennial Ambassador for 2016, serving to inspire a new generation of stewards and supporters in the 100th year of the National Park Service.

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

An exciting cellist exploring various facets of the classical music scene, Michael Kaufman was the soloist for the opening of the renovated Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater and has performed at prestigious venues such as Zankel and Weill Hall at Carnegie. Concerto performances and chamber music engagements have taken him across the United States and Western Europe to festivals such as Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove, Yellow Barn, Music@Menlo, and Verbier. His diverse performance projects have included chamber music concerts with Midori, Brett Deanís 12 Angry Men in Disney Hall at the Piatigorsky Festival, the premiere of a concerto written by Sean Friar with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, and leading as principal cello of La Monnaie in Brussels.

Founder and artistic director of Sunset ChamberFest and founding member of the cello quintet SAKURA, Michael champions eclectic juxtapositions of music from the classical and contemporary canon and is an advocate for guiding and cultivating future generations of composers. He received his bachelorís degree from Eastman studying with Steven Doane, and his masterís and doctorate degrees from the University of Southern California under the mentorship and guidance of Ralph Kirshbaum. Michael is a member of LA Opera and is on faculty at Loyola Marymount University and Colburn Community School of Performing Arts.