La Sierra University
Chamber Music Series

Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 7pm

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

Tchaikovsky Souvenir de
Florence, Op. 70
Brahms Sextet in G Major, Op. 36

Grace Park, Violin
Jason Uyeyama, Violin
Ben Ullery, Viola
Franklin Shaw, Viola
Robert deMaine, Cello
Ani Kalayjian, Cello


Grace Park is a dynamic violinist, dedicated chamber musician, and passionate pedagogue. Her diverse career has carried her from the world’s foremost concert halls to inner city schools as a soloist, collaborator, coach, and multi-disciplinary educator. Currently in residence at Carnegie Hall as part of the Academy Carnegie Juilliard Weill (ACJW) program, Ms. Park pairs her elite musicianship with a fervent commitment to community engagement.

As a soloist, Ms. Park has been the featured artist at The Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Jordan Hall in Boston, Carnegie Hall in New York, The Grace Rainey Auditorium in the Metropolitan Museum, The Rudolfinum in Prague, and Glinka Hall in St. Petersburg. A laureate of the National Symphony Orchestra’s Young Soloist Competition, Ms. Park has also achieved many competitive successes.

A devoted chamber musician, Ms. Park has performed with a variety of ensembles around the world and has led chamber orchestras from the principal chair. In 2012, she performed the world premiere of Samuel Carl Adams’ String Sextet, and she will premiere a Carnegie Hall commissioned work from emerging composer Andy Akiho in the 2013-14 season. She has also been recognized for her work in the Vitas Quartet, her chamber collaborations at Trinity Wall Street’s “Concerts at One”, and her many performances at prestigious venues such as the Yellow Barn Music Festival, Music@Menlo, IMS Prussia Cove and the Perlman Music Program’s Chamber Music Workshop.

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

Ben Ullery is Assistant Principal Viola of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a position he has held since 2012.  Prior to moving to L.A. he spent three seasons as a member of the Minnesota Orchestra.  He has also performed frequently with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and has appeared as Guest Principal Viola of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Ullery has been featured recently in chamber music performances on NPR’s Performance Today as well as local broadcasts on K-USC in Los Angeles and Minnesota Public Radio.  He has recorded chamber works for Bridge and Albany records.

Recent summer festival appearances include the Grand Teton and Mozaic festivals and Music in the Vineyards.  He has also attended the Aspen, Taos, and Tanglewood festivals and performed as concertmaster of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra.

Ullery is a faculty member at the Colburn School where he teaches orchestral repertoire and coaches the Colburn Orchestra’s viola section.  His students have gone on to hold positions in major orchestras in the US and Europe. 

Ullery is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied violin with Gregory Fulkerson and received numerous honors upon graduation. He later attended New England Conservatory and the Colburn School, studying with James Buswell and Paul Coletti, respectively.  He has also studied chamber music with members of the Guarneri, Takács, Vermeer, Borromeo, Miro, and St. Petersburg quartets.


Violist Franklin Shaw is co-founder of the Grammy-nominated ensemble A Far Cry, Boston's self-conducted Chamber Orchestra in Residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and New England Conservatory . As an avid chamber musician, he toured extensively throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas as performer and teacher. Recent appearances include performances at the Musikverein in Vienna, Boston Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, Ravinia Festival, Chautauqua Institution, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Music at Gretna and Music@Menlo. As well, recordings and live performances can be heard on Centaur Records, Azica Records, PARMA Recordings, Performance Today, Boston's WGBH as well as Maine and Vermont Public Radios. Frank is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, and holds degrees from Cleveland Institute of Music and New England Conservatory.


Robert deMaine is an American virtuoso cellist who has been hailed by The New York Times as “an artist who makes one hang on every note.” He has distinguished himself as one of the finest and most versatile instrumentalists of his generation, performing to critical acclaim as soloist, recitalist, orchestral principal, recording artist, and chamber musician. In 2012 he was invited to join the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Principal Cello. DeMaine is the cellist of the highly acclaimed Ehnes String Quartet as well as the newly formed Dicterow-deMaine-Biegel Trio.

A first-prize winner in many national and international competitions, deMaine was the first cellist ever to win the grand prize at San Francisco’s Irving M. Klein International Competition for Strings. As soloist, he has collaborated with many distinguished conductors, including Neeme Järvi, Peter Oundjian, Joseph Silverstein, and Leonard Slatkin, and has performed nearly all the major cello concertos with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, where he served as principal cello for over a decade. DeMaine has also served as a guest principal cello of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, and the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway.

Robert deMaine has recorded for Naxos, Chandos, Dorian/Sono Luminus, Onyx, CBC, Elysium, and Capstone and has been featured on the BBC, PBS, NPR's Performance Today, the Canadian Broadcasting Company, France Musique, and RAI, among others. His recording of the John Williams Cello Concerto (Detroit Symphony, Leonard Slatkin conducting) will be released by Naxos in fall 2015.
DeMaine studied at The Juilliard School, the Eastman School of Music, the University of Southern California, Yale University, and the Kronberg Academy in Germany. Please visit to learn more.


Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “representing the young, up-and-coming generation,” and a “superb cellist with with a large, expressive, singing tone, passionate musicianship, and magnificent playing" by Journal Tribune, Grand Prize Winner of the International Chamber Music Competition of New England, Armenian-American cellist Ani Kalayjian enjoys an exciting career that has taken her to Japan, Australia, Canada, Europe, and the United Sates, both as a soloist and chamber musician. Recognized for her innovative programs and passionate about expressing her performances to a wide audience, Ani has performed music from hospitals to concert halls, nursing homes, fundraisers and schools among other communities. Most recently, she performed Haydn, Beethoven, & Schubert for the Princes of Qatar & Princess Eugenie of England at the Frick Museum as well as Brahms chamber music for the co-founder of Facebook. This season will include tours around the United States as a chamber music artist on the Cranbrook Music Series in Michigan, American String Project in Seattle, Brooklyn Historical Society in NY, Fortuna Concert Series in CA, Ridotto Series, Concerts International Memphis, among others and a commisioned world premiere by Polina Nazakinskaya as well as her debut at the Chateau de la Moutte festival in St. Tropez.

Recent chamber music performances have included appearances at IMS Prussia Cove in England, Lark Chamber Music Society and La Jolla Chamber Music Festival in California, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festivals as a Shouse Artist in Michigan, BargeMusic in NY, American String Project in Seattle, Camerata Nordica in a U.S. and Swedish tour, Lichfield Festival in England, and a Weill Recital Debut at Carnegie Hall. She has performed at numerous universities around the US, including Harvard, Colombia, Dartmouth, Colby, Bates, Eastern Nazarene, Trinity, among others. Her competition successes includes winning the Anglo-Czechoslovak Trust competition in England as a soloist where she was also granted the Bohuslav Martinu Foundation Prize, as well as a top prize at the J.C. Arriaga chamber music competition with Sima Trio. She has also enjoyed collaborations with such musicians as Ani Kavafian, Jorja Fleezanis, Andres Cardenes, Kim Kashkashian, among others, and has served as co-artistic director of AGBU’s Performing Artists at Weill Recital Hall.