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2017 Parnassus Society Award Winner, Violinist Emily Uematsu, Performs Recital

2017 Parnassus Society Award Winner, Violinist Emily Uematsu, Performs Recital at Soka Performing Arts Center


Aliso Viejo, CA – The Parnassus Society presents Emily Uematsu, their annual award winner, who will perform a recital at Soka Performing Arts Center on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. Single tickets are $29 for adults, $20 for seniors and active military families, and $5 for children and students. Purchase tickets online at or by calling 949-480-4ART (4278).

Winner of the 2017 Parnassus Society award in Orange County, California, violinist Emily Uematsu has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe and is building an active career as a soloist and chamber musician. She has collaborated with musicians such as Joseph Silverstein, Ani Kavafian and Alexander Kerr, and was the recipient of the 2014-2016 Itzhak Perlman Endowed Scholarship in Violin. Uematsu will be accompanied by pianist Cheryl Lin Fielding and the program will include works by Brahms, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Ravel.

The Parnassus Society is dedicated to supporting and promoting the artistic development and professional careers of promising young artists. Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Tokita, founders of the Parnassus Society, are longtime patrons of the arts and dedicated cultural leaders in Orange County, California. The Tokitas have contributed their time and resources as board members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, founders of Chamber Music Orange County, and founders and directors of the Medici Foundation. Additionally, the Tokitas open their home to host solo and chamber music concerts performed by musical luminaries and young emerging artists alike.

Uematsu’s other accomplishments include winning the Chapman University Concerto Competition, the New York Summer Music Festival Concerto Competition and the Hartwick College Music Festival. She was a finalist in the 2015 Mika Hasler Young Artist Competition, as well as a top prize winner in the 2013 ASTA Solo Competition, Los Angeles Area Young Adult Division. She was a 2010 National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts YoungArts Merit Award winner. At Chapman she was awarded the first Henri Temianka Endowed Scholarship in Violin, as well as the Warne Foundation Scholarship and Music Talent Award. Uematsu has branched out from classical music and played in several music videos including one by the Dirty Projectors. She was also featured in “Paris by Night,” a Vietnamese Musical Variety Show.