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James Ehnes


James Ehnes


James Ehnes, (born January 27, 1976) is Canadian concert violinist and violist.

Early life

Ehnes was born in Brandon, Manitoba, 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. 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.

James Ehnes toured with Jeunesses MusicalesCanada during the 1992–1993 season, when he was only 16 years old.

Career

Ehnes has performed with all of the major orchestras in North America including the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in the U.S., as well as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Canada.

In Europe he has performed as soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Ulster Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, plus many others.

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 of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2010, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

Ehnes performs on the 1715 "ex-Marsick" Stradivarius. His commercial recordings have won many awards and prizes, including 11 Junos, two Grammies, and two Gramophone Classical Music Awards - 2008 Best Concerto for Edward Elgar's Violin Concerto - 2021 Artist of the Year.

Ehnes was awarded the 2017 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards in the Instrumentalist category.

Ehnes joined the Royal Academy of Music as visiting professor of violin in 2017.

Ehnes will join The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music faculty as a professor of practice in violin as of August 1, 2024.

Ehnes is artistic director of the Seattle Chamber Music Society. He and violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti, violist Che-Yen Chen, and cellist Edward Arron perform as the Ehnes Quartet.

Ehnes lives in Ellenton, Florida with his wife and two children.

Discography

James Ehnes

  • 1995 Niccolò Paganini: 24 Caprices for Solo Violin
  • 2000 Sergei Prokofiev: Violin Sonata No. 1 | Violin Sonata No. 2 | Five Melodies
  • 2000 Maurice Ravel: Violin Sonata No. 2 | Tzigane | Berceuse sur le nom de Gabriel Fauré, Claude Debussy: Violin Sonata, Camille Saint-Saëns: Violin Sonata No. 1
  • 2000 Johann Sebastian Bach: The Six Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin
  • 2000 French Showpieces - Camille Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso | Havanaise, Hector Berlioz: Le corsaire | Rêverie et caprice, Ernest Chausson: Poème, Claude Debussy: Tarantelle styrienne, Darius Milhaud: Cinéma Fantaisie, Jules Massenet: Méditation from the opera Thaïs
  • 2001 Max Bruch: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 3
  • 2002 Bruch: Concerto No. 2 and Scottish Fantasy
  • 2002 Fritz Kreisler - Track 20. Petite Valse (Piano Solo: James Ehnes)
  • 2003 Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet, Gabriel Fauré: Piano Quintet No. 2
  • 2004 Romantic Pieces
  • 2004 Henryk Wieniawski | Pablo de Sarasate
  • 2004 Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Op. 94, Potpourri for Viola and Orchestra / Adagio and Rondo alla Polacca for Violin and Orchestra / Violin Concerto in G major
  • 2004 Ernő Dohnányi: Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 43
  • 2004 Luigi Dallapiccola: Tartiniana (Divertimento for Violin and Orchestra)
  • 2005 John Adams: Road Movies for violin and piano, Hallelujah Junction for two pianos (Piano: Andrew Russo, James Ehnes)
  • 2005 Antonín Dvořák: Violin Concerto
  • 2005 Bach: Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord Vol.1
  • 2006 Bach: Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord Vol.2
  • 2006 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concertos 1-5
  • 2006 Samuel Barber, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, William Walton: Violin Concertos - Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Bramwell Tovey (50th Annual Grammy Awards - Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with orchestra))
  • 2007 Paul Schoenfield: Four Souvenirs for violin and piano, Café Music for piano trio
  • 2007 Edward Elgar: Violin Concerto (2008 Gramophone Classical Music Awards - Best Concerto)
  • 2009 Homage
  • 2009 Niccolò Paganini: 24 Caprices for Solo Violin.
  • 2010 Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto, Octet
  • 2011 Béla Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 1 | Violin Concerto No. 2 | Viola Concerto
  • 2011 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto | Sérénade mélancolique | Valse-Scherzo | Souvenir d'un lieu cher (I. Méditation - II. Scherzo - III. Mélodie)
  • 2012 Bartók: Works for Violin and Piano, Vol. 1 - Rhapsody Folk Dances No. 1 | Rhapsody Folk Dances No. 2 | Violin Sonata No. 1 | Violin Sonata No. 2 | Andante
  • 2012 Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty - Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Neeme Järvi
  • 2013 Bartók: Works for Violin and Piano, Vol. 2 - Sonata for Solo Violin | Violin Sonata in E minor | Romanian Folk Dances | Hungarian Folksongs | Hungarian Folk Tunes
  • 2013 Benjamin Britten: Violin Concerto | Dmitri Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1
  • 2013 Prokofiev: Complete Works for Violin - Violin Concerto No. 1 | Violin Concerto No. 2 | Violin Sonata No. 1 | Violin Sonata No. 2 | Sonata for Two Violins | Sonata for Solo Violin | Five Melodies
  • 2013 Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake - Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Neeme Järvi
  • 2014 Aram Khachaturian: Violin Concerto | Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 7, String Quartet No. 8
  • 2014 Bartók: Works for Violin and Piano, Vol. 3 - Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano | Sonatina (Transcription for Violin and Piano) | 44 Duos for Two Violins
  • 2014 American Chamber Music: Aaron Copland | Charles Ives | Leonard Bernstein | Elliott Carter | Samuel Barber
  • 2015 Hector Berlioz: Reverie et Caprice, Op. 8 (violin) | Harold en Italie, Op. 16 (viola)
  • 2015 Cesar Franck and Richard Strauss: Violin Sonatas
  • 2015 Leoš Janáček: The Wandering of a Little Soul (Violin Concerto)
  • 2015 Aaron Jay Kernis: 2 Movements (with Bells)
  • 2015 The Essential James Ehnes (containing works by Bach, Kreisler, Prokofiev, Dvorak, Saint-Saens, and Berlioz)
  • 2015 Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons | Giuseppe Tartini: The Devil's Trill | Jean-Marie Leclair: Violin Sonata, Op. 9 No. 3
  • 2016 Claude Debussy: Violin Sonata | Edward Elgar: Violin Sonata | Ottorino Respighi: Violin Sonata in B minor | Jean Sibelius: 10 Pensées lyriques, Op. 40: 5. Berceuse
  • 2017 Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 9 | Violin Sonata No. 6
  • 2017 Beethoven: Violin Concerto | Romance no. 1 Op. 40 | Romance no. 2 Op. 50, Franz Schubert: Rondo in A major for Violin and Strings, D 438
  • 2017 Bartók: Rhapsody Folk Dances No. 1 | Rhapsody Folk Dances No. 2 (Violin and Orchestra)
  • 2018 William Walton: Viola Concerto
  • 2018 Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
  • 2018 James Newton Howard: Violin Concerto, Aaron Jay Kernis: Violin Concerto, Bramwell Tovey: Stream of Limelight (61st Annual Grammy Awards - Best Classical Instrumental Solo)
  • 2019 Richard Strauss: Violin Concerto
  • 2019 James Newton Howard: A Hidden Life (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • 2019 Beethoven: Op. 12 Violin Sonata No. 1 | Violin Sonata No. 2 | Violin Sonata No. 3, Variations on Se vuol ballare from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro
  • 2020 Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 4 | Violin Sonata No. 5 | Violin Sonata No. 8, Six German Dances, Rondo in G Major
  • 2020 Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 7 | Violin Sonata No. 10
  • 2020 Bach & Brahms Reimagined - Johannes Brahms: Horn Trio, Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, Brandenburg Concerto No. 5
  • 2021 Eugène Ysaÿe: Six Sonatas for solo violin
  • 2021 Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin
  • 2022 Alban Berg: Violin Concerto
  • 2023 Carl Nielsen: Violin Concerto
  • 2023 Karol Szymanowski: Myths | George Frideric Handel: Violin sonata in D major (HWV 371) | James Newton Howard: 133...At Least | Tchaikovsky: Twelve Pieces Op. 40–6, Chanson sans paroles | Josef Suk: 4 Pieces for Violin and Piano Op. 17–4, Burleska | Samuel Dushkin: Sicilienne | Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumblebee | Manuel Ponce: Estrellita | Percy Grainger: Molly on the Shore
  • 2024 Igor Stravinsky: Violin Concerto
  • 2024 Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Violin Concerto (2022 concert) National Arts Centre Orchestra, Alexander Shelley
  • 2024 Leonard Bernstein: Serenade after Plato's "Symposium" | John Williams: Violin Concerto No. 1 - St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Stéphane Denève

Ehnes Quartet

  • 2016 Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D. 810, Jean Sibelius: String Quartet in D minor
  • 2021 Beethoven: String Quartet No. 13 | Grosse Fuge
  • 2021 Beethoven: String Quartet No. 12 | String Quartet No. 14
  • 2021 Beethoven: String Quartet No. 10 | String Quartet No. 11
  • 2022 Beethoven: String Quartet No. 15 | String Quartet No. 16

See also

  • List of Canadian musicians
  • List of contemporary classical violinists

References

External links

  • Official James Ehnes site
  • Intermusica agency page on James Ehnes
  • James Ehnes - Discogs
  • James Ehnes - AllMusic
  • James Ehnes - Chandos Records
  • James Ehnes - Onyx Classics
  • Ehnes Quartet - Onyx Classics
  • James Ehnes - Royal Academy of Music
  • James Ehnes, Artistic Director - Seattle Chamber Music Society
  • James Ehnes - Chamber Soloists of Detroit
  • Ehnes Quartet - Chamber Soloists of Detroit
  • interview, feature article
    • October 1998 Cover Story - La Scena Musicale
    • June 2001 Cover Story - La Scena Musicale
    • The WholeNote (November 2009) James Ehnes Returns
    • Presto Music (2021) James Ehnes on working from home
    • Violinist.com interview with James Ehnes (2009 album, Homage)
    • Violinist.com interview with James Ehnes (2015 album, Four Seasons)
    • interview with James Ehnes - Vancouver Classical Music | Seen and Heard International (2017)
    • James Ehnes interview - (Tarisio Auctions, 2014)
    • James Ehnes Keeps a Compelling Calendar - (Ravinia Festival, 2023)
  • Audio and video
    • James Ehnes plays Sibelius Violin Concerto (2015) Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Andrés Orozco-Estrada
    • James Ehnes plays Korngold Violin Concerto (2022) National Arts Centre Orchestra, Alexander Shelley
    • WQXR Carnegie Hall Live - Korngold Violin Concerto National Symphony Orchestra, Gianandrea Noseda (February 12, 2024) 4m30s interview1, 29m Korngold, 57m encore1, 1h6m encore2, 1h10m interview2 carnegiehall.org
    • Mendelssohn String Octet, Op.20 - Montreal Chamber Music Festival (June 19, 2022)
    • Schubert Fantasie in C major, D.934 - Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival (August 23, 2020)
    • Utah Symphony: James Ehnes on Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1
    • Philharmonia Orchestra: James Ehnes on Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto - interview | Listening Guide, Part 1 | Listening Guide, Part 2
    • Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: In Conversation | James Ehnes
    • The Violin Channel: James Ehnes - VC 20 Questions (Bravo! Vail Festival, 2017)
    • National Arts Centre Orchestra - NACOcast (April 16, 2007)
    • BBC Radio 3 - In Tune (August 11, 2014)
    • Toronto Symphony Orchestra Podcast (June 5, 2016) James Ehnes on Elgar Violin Concerto
    • Toronto Symphony Orchestra Podcast (March 5, 2017) James Ehnes on working with composer Aaron Jay Kernis
    • James Ehnes in Conversation with Clemency Burton-Hill - Wigmore Hall Podcast (November 2017)
    • James Ehnes on his string quartet and recording late Beethoven - Gramophone Podcast (2022)

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