Jason Uyeyama, violinist, is Associate Professor of Music and Director of String Studies at La Sierra University where he teaches violin and chamber music, a position he has held since 2002. In addition to having played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, he is a frequent soloist and an active chamber musician, playing as a member of the Taylor String Quartet and with other ensembles.
Jason is the son of Bob Minoru and Masako Uyeyama. His father was an amateur musician who served as an organist and pianist at all Nations Seventh-day Adventist Church in Elk Grove, California.
Jason received his Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music as a scholarship student of Itzhak Perlman. He completed his Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School, where he studied with Masao Kawasaki. He also studied with Yao-Ji Lin. Additional study has been taken with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Takacs, and American string quartets, and with pianist Robert McDonald.
Since his solo debut with the Sacramento Youth Symphony at age fourteen, Uyeyama has soloed with numerous orchestras, including the Sacramento and Camellia Symphonies and the Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn Conservatory orchestras. He has performed in Italy, England, China, Canada, and Japan. In 2001, he made his recital and television debut in Japan and in the early years of this decade performed in thirty cities across the U.S. with the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, where he served as a principal player
More recently, he performed at Festival Mosaic, Classical Kaleidoscope, and Festicamar in Medellin, Colombia, where he was a Faculty Artist. Other activities have included participation in the Aspen Music Festival, where he was a member of the Aspen Chamber Symphony, the Taos School for Strings, and the Tanglewood Music Festival, where he served as concertmaster.
Uyeyama’s students have been accepted into the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College for Music, Colburn School of the Performing Arts, and the Aspen, Tanglewood, and Montecito music festivals.
Sources: Biographies at the La Sierra University music department (2005 and 2013) and printed program notes; Obituary for Bob Uyeyama, Sacramento Bee, 1 May 2010; and other online sources.