活跃于当今世界舞台上的中提琴独奏家、室内乐演奏家。与林昭亮、约夏·贝尔(Joshua Bell)、林恩·哈勒尔(Lynn Harrel)等独奏家合作演出；并且还与很多著名的弦乐四重奏组成员合作演出，其中包括日本的东京弦乐四重奏(Tokyo String quartet)、美国弦乐四重奏(American string quartet)、朱利亚弦乐四重奏(Juilliard string quartet)、塔卡司弦乐四重奏(Takacs string quartet)等等。除了独奏和演奏室内乐，Dunham先生曾担任小泽征尔先生指挥的美国波斯顿交响乐团首席中提琴、达拉斯交响乐团首席中提琴。他在小提琴
演奏上也很有影响，曾经还是美国著名弦乐四重奏----克里福兰弦乐四重奏(Cleveland string quartet)的小提琴演奏员。
Dunham先生现在执教于美国德州的莱斯大学(Rice univercity)，专门负责室内乐和中提琴的教学。之前他也曾在新英格兰音乐学院(New England conservatory of Music)和依斯特曼音乐学院(Eastman School of Music)执教。
Soloist, chamber musician and teacher, JAMES DUNHAM is active internationally as a recitalist and guest artist. He has collaborated with such renowned artists as Emmanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Lynn Harrell, Cho-Liang Lin and members of the American, Guarneri, Juilliard, Takács and Tokyo Quartets. An advocate of new music, composers with whom he has worked include John Corigliano, Osvalsdo Golijov, Libby Larsen and Christopher Rouse.
Mr. Dunham is a frequent guest artist with many ensembles in theU.S. and abroad, and has served as acting principal viola with the Boston Symphony (Ozawa) and Dallas Symphony (Litton). He was the founding violist of the Sequoia String Quartet, winners of the1976 Naumburg Award, and later performed as violist of the Grammy Award winning Cleveland Quartet. Now Professor of Viola at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music where he directs its Master of Music in String Quartet program, Mr. Dunham previously taught at the New England Conservatory (where he also Chaired the String Department) and the Eastman School of Music.
He frequently presents master classes at the world’s leading universities and conservatories and is much sought after as a competition jurist. Summer activities have included participation in many festivals including, Aspen, Domaine Forget,, Marlboro, Musicorda, Sarasota, Tanglewood and Yale at Norfolk. He served as principal violist of the San Diego Mainly Mozart Festival for ten seasons, and is a regular participant in the Festival der Zukunft in Ernen, Switzerland. Mr. Dunham is featured soloist on two recent CDs (Crystal Records, Albany Records) and has recorded with the Sequoia Quartet for Nonesuch and Delos, and with the Cleveland Quartet exclusively for Telarc. His viola is a Gaspar da Salo, ca 1585.