Artist Bio

James Thompson, violin

Violinist James Thompson is forging a promising career as a versatile chamber musician, soloist, and music educator. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he is currently on faculty at Music@Menlo and will be joining the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Bowers Program in the 2021–2022 season. In 2014, Thompson made his solo debut with the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall. He was recently invited to perform in Budapest as part of the First Bartók World Competition and in Sendai for the Seventh Sendai International Violin Competition. He has collaborated in concert with a multitude of established artists, including David Finckel, Soovin Kim, Jaime Laredo, Peter Salaff, Roger Tapping, and a variety of musicians from both the Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Thompson holds an Artist Diploma as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Jaime Laredo, William Preucil, and Paul Kantor.