Jun Yi Ma in the orchestra pit of the Joan Sutherland Theatre at Sydney Opera House

Jun Yi Ma was born in Shanghai in 1972 and began violin studies at the age of 6, with Professor Ding at the Shanghai Conservatorium. At 9, he gave his first televised performance in Shanghai. Three years later he performed at the White House as Little Ambassador, representing the Chinese Government for the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan. Later on he also played for two further U.S. Presidents: George H. Bush and Bill Clinton in Australia, along with three Australian Prime Ministers: Bob Hawke, Paul Keating and John Howard.

In 1990 he was appointed inaugural Concertmaster of the Asian Youth Orchestra and then, Concertmaster and soloist with the Australian Virtuoso Chamber Orchestra in 1992. He pursued further studies at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music with Professor Jan Sedivka, then at the Sydney Conservatorium with Charmian Gadd. He has also studied with Jascha Heifetz and participated in a masterclass with celebrated teacher Dorothy DeLay, who also taught Nigel Kennedy.

In 1997 Jun successfully auditioned for the position of Principal First Violin of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, until 2002 when he was appointed Concertmaster of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Jun was also contracted as Concertmaster of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra from 2002–2005. Since these appointments he has appeared regularly as Guest Concertmaster with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Philharmonic, as well as appearing as Guest Concertmaster with the Queensland Symphony, Melbourne Symphony and San Antonio (USA) Symphony Orchestras.

An active soloist and chamber musician, Jun Yi Ma has made numerous CD recordings featuring the music of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Sarasate, Bruch, Saint Saëns and Britten. He often records solo and Chamber Music for broadcast on ABC Classic FM. His solo recording has also been broadcast by New York Radio. He has performed throughout Asia, Europe and North America. Also appeared alongside superstar violinist Nigel Kennedy in Vivaldi Double Concerto, and Chamber Music with Lang-Lang and Robert Chan (Concertmaster of Chicago Symphony Orchestra).

His competition successes include New Zealand International Brass Woodwind and Strings Solo Competition, first prize in the solo violin section of the Prague Spring, twice finalist for the String Instrument of ABC Young Performers Award in Australia.

In June 2015, Jun was appointed Concertmaster and Artistic Advisor of the Opera Australia Orchestra.

Jun Yi Ma is supported by John Frost AM


Jun Yi Ma