La Sierra University
Chamber Music Recital Series

Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 8pm

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

C Quintet Op. 29 by Beethoven
C Quintet Op. 29 by Beethoven

Grace Park, Violin
Jason Uyeyama, Violin
Ben Ullery, Viola
Erik Arvinder, Viola
Eric Byers, Cello

$15 General Admission
$10 Seniors 55+ &
La Sierra Employees
$5 Students & Educators


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.


Dividing his time between his native Stockholm, Sweden and Los Angeles, Erik Arvinder is an enterprising chamber and orchestral violinist across Europe and the United States.

After completing undergraduate and graduate studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm under the tutelage of Professors Henryk Kowalski, Magnus Ericsson, and Peter Herresthal, Erik went on to become the youngest permanent member of the first violin section in the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Erik has served as the concertmaster of a number of renowned Swedish ensembles including the Wermland Opera Orchestra and worked with distinguished conductors including Alan Gilbert, Kurt Masur, and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Erik is an active contributor to the Vamlingbo Chamber Music Festival on Gotland Island in Sweden and is one of the founding members of the Vamlingbo String Quartet, which will release its debut recording with acclaimed clarinetist Emil Jonason on the BIS label in 2015. In addition to his playing, Erik is known for his arrangements and orchestrations. His works have been performed and recorded by ensembles throughout the world, led by celebrated conductors, including Gustavo Dudamel. Most recently Erik arranged music for Anne Sofie von Otter’s upcoming performances with cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Bengt Forsberg.

Erik has been an avid performer, arranger and orchestrator in the Los Angeles area since 2010.


Praised as “ideally eloquent” by the Los Angeles Times, cellist Eric Byers captivates audiences as a soloist, chamber musician, and composer. At 18, he made his solo debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In 2018 he debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a last minute substitution. His performance of the third movement of B.A. Zimmerman’s Cello Concerto was lauded as “rapturously played” and “utterly convincing” by the Los Angeles Times. His solo repertoire spans J.S. Bach to today’s most innovative composers including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Thomas Adès, Andrew Norman, Caroline Shaw, and Peter Eötvös. Byers’ performance of Adès’ ‘Lieux retrouvés’ with pianist Gloria Cheng was described as ‘magnificent’ and ‘masterful’ (Culture Spot LA). Chamber music collaborators have included Joshua Bell, Edgar Meyer, Menahem Pressler, Joseph Kalichstein, and Claude Frank.

Byers has taught chamber music as a faculty member at the Colburn School (2008-2011), and has coached chamber music during a quartet residency at Oberlin College Conservatory (2014-2016).  He has conducted masterclasses at The Juilliard School, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Southern California, Aspen Music Festival, UCLA, and the Crossroads School in Santa Monica, CA. Through performing and composing, he hopes to impart lessons from mentors Ronald Leonard, Alan Harris, Richard Aaron, and Eberhardt Feltz. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from USC Thornton School of Music, a Professional Studies Certificate from Colburn Conservatory, and an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School.