Bowers Program Artist

James Thompson


James Thompson Photo credit: Carlin Ma

Violinist James Thompson is forging a promising career as a versatile chamber musician, soloist, and music educator. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he will be joining the Chamber Music Society’s Bowers Program in fall of 2021. In 2014 he made his solo debut with the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall and has also appeared as a soloist with the Cleveland Institute of Music orchestra, the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Pops, and the Cleveland Philharmonic. He was invited to perform as part of the First Bartók World Competition and for the Seventh Sendai International Violin Competition. He has performed for chamber music festivals around the country, including Music@Menlo, the Perlman Music Program, and the Taos School of Music. He has collaborated in concert with a multitude of established musicians including David Finckel, Soovin Kim, Jaime Laredo, Paul Neubauer, Peter Salaff, and Roger Tapping. An advocate for new music, he has worked alongside composers Keith Fitch, Gabriela Lena Frank, Stephen Hartke, Libby Larsen, and David Rakowski on performances of their works. In 2019 he joined the faculty of Music@Menlo as both a coach for the Young Performer’s Program and a mainstage artist. He has recently served as a teaching fellow at the Encore Chamber Music Festival and the Western Reserve Chamber Music Festival. Thompson holds Artist Diploma, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he has studied with Jaime Laredo, William Preucil, and Paul Kantor.