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Violinist James Thompson is currently an Artist Diploma candidate at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he is a student of Jaime Laredo. His previous teachers include William Preucil and Paul Kantor. Mr. Thompson regularly performs at top-tier chamber music festivals around the country, including Music@Menlo, the Perlman Music Program, and Taos School of Music. Along with his performing career, James Thompson is forming a strong 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 young people as an immensely important aspect of his calling as a musician, and is grateful to have the opportunity to share with everyone the joy he has found making music.