Artist Bio

James Thompson, violin

Violinist James Thompson, originally from Cleveland, Ohio, is a master’s student at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), studying with Jaime Laredo. His previous teachers include William Preucil and Paul Kantor. In 2014, Thompson was selected to solo with the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall as part of the ensemble’s education series. He has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the CIM Orchestra, the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Pops, and the Cleveland Philharmonic, in addition to touring as a soloist with Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra in the Boston area. An active member of Cleveland’s thriving local music community, Thompson has given many recitals throughout the city over the course of the past eight years in collaboration with pianist Julia Russ. Alongside his performance career, he is establishing a firm reputation as a private instructor and chamber music coach. He is currently on the faculty at the Aurora School of Music and has served as a teaching fellow at both the Encore Chamber Music Festival and the Western Reserve Chamber Music Festival. He views his work with children as a crucial aspect of his calling as a musician and is grateful to have the opportunity to share the joy he has found making music with young people everywhere.