Violinist James Ehnes has performed in more than thirty-five countries on five continents. In addition to his solo work, he is the first violinist of the Ehnes Quartet and the artistic director of the Seattle Chamber Music Society.
This season Mr. Ehnes joins composer James Newton Howard on his Three Decades of Music for Hollywood tour; appears in recital in London, San Francisco, and Melbourne; performs in concert in North America, Europe, Australia, Hong Kong, and Seoul; tours with the Ehnes Quartet; and performs at the Seattle Chamber Music festivals. He recently premiered Aaron Jay Kernis’s Violin Concerto with the Toronto, Seattle, and Dallas symphony orchestras.
Recent CD releases include Beethoven’s complete works for violin and orchestra with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Andrew Manze, a recording of Beethoven’s Sonatas Nos. 6 and 9 with pianist Andrew Armstrong, and Sibelius’s String Quartet, Voces intimae, and Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14, Death and the Maiden, with the Ehnes Quartet, all on the ONYX label. Mr. Ehnes’s recordings have been honored with many international awards and prizes, including a Grammy, a Gramophone, and 11 Juno awards.
He is a member of the Order of Canada, an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London, and a fellow to the Royal Society of Canada; received honorary doctorates from Brandon University and the University of British Columbia; and was awarded the 2017 Royal Philharmonic Society Award in the Instrumentalist category.
Born in Brandon, Manitoba, James Ehnes began violin studies at age four, and at nine became a protégé of Canadian violinist Francis Chaplin. He studied with Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School of Music, and from 1993 to 1997 at The Juilliard School. He plays the “Marsick” Stradivarius of 1715.