Born in Shanghai in 1972, Jun Yi Ma began violin studies at the age of six, gave his first televised performance three years later and was soloist with the Shanghai and Beijing Symphony Orchestras at the age of ten. In 1989 he was appointed Concertmaster of the Asian Youth Orchestra and in 1992 was Concertmaster and soloist with the Australian Virtuoso Chamber Orchestra. He studied at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music with Jan Sedivka, and at the Sydney Conservatorium with Charmian Gadd and John Harding.
He has performed before three US presidents: Ronald Reagan, George H W Bush and Bill Clinton. He became Concertmaster of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in 2002 and has been a regular Guest Concertmaster with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. He appears regularly as a soloist with the TSO and was co-soloist in 2006 alongside Nigel Kennedy. In 2009 he was soloist with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and played in the Worldwide Chinese Festival Orchestra in Beijing. In 2010 he was Assistant Concertmaster of the Asia-Pacific United Orchestra in New York and, since 2012, has made annual visits to the San Antonio Symphony as Guest Concertmaster.