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Uematsu, Emily

Emily Uematsu

Spring 2019: Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Major

Violinist Emily Uematsu has performed throughout the United States and Europe as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. She was the winner of the 2017 Parnassus Society Award. A tenured member of the New Haven Symphony, she has also played with the Baltimore Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, the New York Pops, and other noted ensembles. She was a finalist in the International George Gershwin and Mika Hasler Competitions. In 2014, Emily made her New York City debut recital at Steinway Hall sponsored by the Jascha Heifetz Society. She has performed at celebrated music festivals including Bellingham, Aspen, Spoleto, and Sarasota. At the Sarasota Music Festival, Emily, as one of four violin soloists, distinguished herself in a performance of Vivaldi’s Concerto Grosso in B minor from L’Estro Armonico with seasoned musicians Joseph Silverstein, Ani Kavafian, and Alexander Kerr. Emily has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where she performed with pianist Jon Batiste; on the Amazon TV show Mozart in the Jungle; and in a music video by the Dirty Projectors.


A native of Tenafly, New Jersey, Emily began violin studies with Dorothy Kaplan Roffman. Her work with Ray Iwazumi led to her acceptance at The Juilliard School Pre-College Division at age eleven, where she continued studies with Stephen Clapp and Catherine Cho. Emily earned her bachelor of music degree, magna cum laude, in violin performance with a minor in film studies at the Hall-Musco Conservatory at Chapman University as a student of William Fitzpatrick. At Chapman, she was the first recipient of the Henri Temianka Endowed Scholarship in Violin. She completed her master of music degree in violin performance with Paul Kantor at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where she was awarded the Itzhak Perlman Endowed Scholarship.

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