Biography: James Thompson, violin

Violinist James Thompson, from Cleveland Ohio, is enrolled as a master’s student at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) with Jaime Laredo, having studied previously with William Preucil and Paul Kantor.

In 2014, Mr. 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 local 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.

During the past two summers Mr. Thompson attended the Taos School of Music, in addition to performing at the Perlman Chamber Music Workshop in 2014. From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Thompson was invited to attend the Hotchkiss Chamber Music program in Connecticut, where he was selected to perform both an octet with the Orion String Quartet and as concertmaster of the Hotchkiss chamber orchestra.  Additionally, he served as concert master of the CIM orchestra in 2014, the Brevard Music Festival Sinfonia in 2013, and COYO in 2012.

An active member of Cleveland’s thriving local music community, Mr. Thompson has given many recitals throughout the city over the course of the past seven years in collaboration with pianist Julia Russ. As a chamber musician, he recently collaborated with CIM faculty Brian Sweigart, Linda Jones and Daniel Shapiro, in addition to Cleveland Orchestra cellist Tanya Ell, as part of both CIM’s faculty recital series and the Arts Renaissance Tremont series.