James Ehnes

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James Ehnes, CM FRSC (born January 27, 1976 in Brandon, Manitoba) is a Canadian concert violinist.

The son of Alan Ehnes, long time trumpet professor at Brandon University (Canada) and Barbara Withey Ehnes, former ballerina with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Ruth Page's International Ballet, and Chicago Ballet, and former director of the Brandon School of Dance, James Ehnes began his violin studies at the age of four and at age nine became a protégé of the noted Canadian violinist Francis Chaplin. He studied with Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School of Music and from 1993 to 1997 at The Juilliard School, winning the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music upon his graduation.

Praised as "the Jascha Heifetz of our day" (Globe and Mail), James Ehnes has performed in over 30 countries on five continents, appearing regularly in the world’s great concert halls and with many of the most celebrated orchestras and conductors. He has a total of 33 recordings released through 2013. His recordings have won numerous awards and prizes, including 9 Junos, a Grammy, and a Gramophone Award. An avid chamber musician, Ehnes tours with his string quartet, the Ehnes Quartet, and is Artistic Director of the Seattle Chamber Music Society.

In October 2005, he was awarded a Doctor of Music degree (honoris causa) from Brandon University and in July 2007 he became the youngest person ever elected as a Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada. In 2010, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

Ehnes performs on the 1715 "Marsick" Stradivarius. He lives in Bradenton, Florida with his wife and two children.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Romantic Pieces Dvořák, Janáček, Smetana; James Ehnes, Eduard Laurel 1
2008 James Ehnes: Homage James Ehnes 1
2010 Violin Concerto / Octet Mendelssohn; Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy, James Ehnes 1
2011 Violin Concertos nos. 1 and 2 / Viola Concerto Bartók; James Ehnes, BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda 2
2011 Works for Violin and Piano, Volume 1 Béla Bartók; James Ehnes, Andrew Armstrong 1
2011 Violin Concerto / Valse-Scherzo / Sérénade Mélancolique / Souvenir Пётр Ильич Чайковский; James Ehnes, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
2013 Swan Lake (complete) Пётр Ильич Чайковский; James Ehnes, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Neeme Järvi 1
Concert Français James Ehnes 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 BBC Music: Volume 18 No. 3: Violin Concerto No. 2 / Violin Sonata No. 2 Сергей Сергеевич Прокофьев; Robert Soetens, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Henry Wood, James Ehnes, Andrew Armstrong 1

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