Erin James Wong

Originally from Delta, BC, violinist, Erin James Wong holds a Master of Performance Degree from the Royal College of Music, London, England and a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of British Columbia. She currently spends the majority of her time playing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and sharing her
love of music with her violin students. Erin is passionate about both orchestral playing and chamber music. Many of her performances have been aired on CBC Radio and have taken her to Canada’s most important concert halls and across Asia, Europe and North America.

As well as performing internationally and achieving her post-secondary degrees, Erin has undertaken additional training through music courses in Sweden, France, Italy, England, the US and Canada, including the Banff Centre Masterclasses and the London Symphony Orchestra Discovery String Program. During her studies, Erin wasConcertmaster and Principal Second of several different ensembles including the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and her university orchestras. Her string quartets placed first in the Friends of Chamber Music Competition and second in the Royal College of Music Quartet Competition. Erin comes from a musical family and is a founding member of the Jacobean Ensemble consisting of her pianist father, David James, violist sister, Kendra James, cellist brother, Noah James and now her violinist/violist husband, Nathaniel Wong.

Erin has had the privilege of working with many esteemed violin professorsincluding her principal teachers Yossi Zivoni, Evgeny Grach, Taras Gabora, Jasper Wood and Andrew Dawes. Interested in many styles of music and performance, Erin has also pursued jazz studies with Christian Garrick, chamber music studies with Levon Chilingirian and Eugenia Choi and has recorded for many different events and groups, most notably the 2010 Winter Olympics and Yes Nice. Erin is fascinated by the ergonomics of violin playing and has studied Alexander Technique with Peter Buckoke and Marta Hunter with a particular interest to maximize excellent use of the body while playing the violin. For many years, Erin was Suzuki trained and is inspired by the “Nurtured by Love” Suzuki philosophy. Erin is a recent recipient of a BC Arts Council Professional Development
Grant.