BEN ULLERY is Assistant Principal Viola of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a position he has held since 2012. He has performed as Guest Principal Viola with the Detroit Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, and Aspen Chamber Symphony. Prior to moving to L.A. he spent three seasons as a member of the Minnesota Orchestra.
Ullery has been featured 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 Aspen, Mainly Mozart (San Diego, CA), Grand Teton, Mozaic (San Luis Obispo, CA), Leksand (Sweden), and Music in the Vineyards (Napa, CA) festivals. He has also been featured on chamber music series across the country including Emerald City (Seattle, WA), Music at Millford (SC), La Sierra University (Riverside, CA), Chamber Music OC (Orange County, CA), and The Capitol Ensemble (Los Angeles). He has also performed over 40 chamber works on the LA Phil’s chamber music series.
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 U.S., Europe, and Asia.
Ullery is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied violin with Gregory Fulkerson. 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.