Jun Yi Ma was born in Shanghai in 1972 and began violin studies at the age of six with Professor Ding at the Shanghai Conservatorium. He gave his first televised performance at the age of nine 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 has played for the other two U.S. Presidents George H. Bush and Bill Clinton in Australia, along with the other three Australian Prime Ministers Bob Hawke, Paul Keating and John Howard.
In 1989, he was appointed inaugural Concertmaster of the Asian Youth Orchestra and, in 1992, Concertmaster and soloist with the Australian Virtuoso Chamber Orchestra. He pursued further studies at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music with Professor Jan Sedivka and then at the Sydney Conservatorium with Charmian Gadd. He has also studied with Jascha Heifetz and participated in a master class with celebrated teacher Dorothy DeLay.
In 1997, he was appointed Principal First Violin of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and, in 2002, was appointed the Concertmaster of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra as well as the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Since these appointments, he has appeared regularly as Guest Concertmaster with the Australia Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Philharmonic, as well as appearing as Guest Concertmaster with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Jun Yi Ma has also taken part in both prestigious 2006 and 2009 Worldwide Chinese Artists Concerts in Shanghai and Beijing.
An active soloist and chamber musician, Jun Yi Ma has made numerous CD recordings featuring music of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Sarasate, Bruch, Saint-Saens 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 and also appeared alongside superstar violinist Nigel Kennedy in Vivaldi’s 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, and twice award winner for the String Instrument category of the ABC Young Performers Award in Australia.
Jun regularly appears as soloist with orchestras in Australia and Asia and directs the orchestra Out of Town string concerts. In 2010, he played the Goldberg Variations of Bach with Maestro Dimitri Sitkovetsky and was invited by the UN to represent Australia to perform in New York Assembly Hall. Jun was selected to be featured in the Who’s Who in the World 2011 (Macquarie Edition) and in January 2012, as Guest Concertmaster, Jun performed all nine Beethoven Symphonies as part of the Beethoven Festival with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra USA.
Jun Yi Ma was appointed Professor of Violin at the Conservatorium of Music in 2011. He is also Music Advisor to the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute.