Jin ('James') Xin

"Currently working as Associate Principal Second Violinist in the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, China Liaisons Coordinator in APO, Director of Auckland Academy of Music, Director of NZ Chamber Orchestra, Director of Asia Pacific Performing Arts, and Artistic Director of New Zealand International Young Artists Festival, Xin (James) Jin was born in China and came to New Zealand with his family in 2001. 

In New Zealand James performed regularly in recitals and concerts, highlights of his performances include Brahms' violin concerto with the Wellington Chamber Orchestra and the Manawatu Sinfonia Orchestra and concert pieces with the Michael Monaghan Young Musicians Foundation Orchestra. James was contracted by the Wellington Vector Orchestra as Principal Second Violinist in 2007, and in the following year he was admitted, with the award of full scholarship, to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music to study with Prof. Ian Swensen. 

In America James has won top prizes in competitions including the Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Competition and the Y.E.S. Foundation Young Arts' Competition. James has also worked with many distinguished teachers, artists, ensembles and conductors in the Tanglewood Music Festival, Music Academy of the West and the Siena International Music Festival. 

 Returning to New Zealand in 2014, James has won the New Zealand School of Music Concerto Competition and the Waikanae Music Society scholarship. In 2015 James joined the APO as Associate Principle 2nd Violinist and curator APO’s Up-Close Chamber Concert Series. Besides working for the APO, James appears regularly in recitals and concerts throughout the country as a soloist, chamber musician, conductor, and concertmaster.