Ben Ullery

Instrumental Focus

  • viola

Faculty Details

  • Does not teach privately

Violist Ben Ullery enjoys a multifaceted performing career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral leader, and educator. In 2023 he was chosen by Music Director Gustavo Dudamel for the position of associate principal viola of the LA Philharmonic, where he previously held the position of assistant principal since 2012. Ullery has also performed across the country and abroad in the role of guest principal viola with the Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Australian Chamber Orchestra. He has also been featured as a recitalist and chamber musician at Mozaic, Music in the Vineyards, Mainly Mozart (San Diego), Emerald City, Music at Millford, Leksand, and Grand Teton festivals, and the Aspen Music Festival and School, among others, and his performances have been heard frequently on NPR’s Performance Today. Since 2013, Ullery has been on the faculty of the Colburn School, where he teaches orchestral repertoire as well as coaching the Colburn Orchestra’s viola section. Many of his former students have gone on to hold positions with top orchestras in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.