James Dong began learning the violin at the age of 6 and has studied with Sook Yoon, Mark Drummond, Robert Wakely, George Vi, Ole Bohn and Igor Ozim. He is currently studying a Masters Degree with Esther Hoppe at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg.
In 2012 he won first prize at the Kendall National Violin Competition as well as the Gisborne International Music Competition. In 2014 he became the first student in the history of the Sydney Conservatorium to receive full marks for the final recital. In 2016 he won 1st prize in the Instrumental Section of the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition, and 3rd prize at the Lipizer International Violin Competition in Italy. Most recently in 2017, he won 1st prize at the Ricci Violin Competition in Salzburg.
When he is not practising, James loves to play chess and tennis, and also compose.
James currently plays on a violin and bow generously on loan from Ole Bohn.