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Beethoven Violin Concerto & Bruckner


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



2 hours with intermission

No Late Seating
Date & Times


Jan, 2016

Wednesday, 7:30 PM


Jan, 2016

Thursday, 7:30 PM


Jan, 2016

Friday, 8:00 PM


Jan, 2016

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

When James Ehnes plays Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, “the Mount Everest of violin concertos,” his playing is “as creamy as could be. ... I could have listened to the cadenza all day long” (San Diego Reader). One thrilling work follows another: Bruckner’s majestic Symphony No. 6, filled with his signature compelling soundscapes.



Violin Concerto



Symphony No. 6 (Ed. Nowak)


Juanjo Mena


Juanjo Mena


Juanjo Mena


Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, Juanjo Mena is one of Spain’s most distinguished international conductors. Following his New York Philharmonic debut last season and recent appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Montreal and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras, and The Cleveland Orchestra, Mr. Mena’s North American 2015–16 season includes return visits to New York, Baltimore, Boston, Toronto, and Cincinnati. His worldwide highlights include his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic and a tour of China and South Korea with the BBC Philharmonic, as well as return visits to the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Oslo and Bergen Philharmonic orchestras, Spanish National Orchestra, and Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra. As a guest of international festivals, Mr. Mena has appeared at the Hollywood Bowl, Grant Park (Chicago), Tanglewood, La Folle Journée (Nantes), and the Stars of White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. He recently led the BBC Philharmonic on two tours of Europe and Spain — including performances in Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, and Madrid — and performs with them every year at the BBC Proms in London. Juanjo Mena has worked with orchestras throughout Europe, such as the Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Oslo Philharmonic, Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Munich Radio Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as with all the major orchestras in Spain. His operatic work includes Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Schoenberg’s Erwartung, Richard Strauss’s Salome, Elektra, and Ariadne auf Naxos, and productions including Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in Genoa, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in Lausanne, and Britten’s Billy Budd in Bilbao. He has made several recordings with the BBC Philharmonic, including discs of works by Manuel de Falla (named BBC Music Magazine Recording of the Month) and Gabriel Pierné (Gramophone Editor’s Choice), and acclaimed recent releases of music by Montsalvatge, Weber, and Turina. He has also recorded a collection of Basque symphonic music with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra for Naxos, and a critically acclaimed recording of Messiaen’s Turangalîla-symphonie for Hyperion with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Juanjo Mena made his New York Philharmonic debut in December 2014–January 2015 leading works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Debussy, and Tchaikovsky, as well as Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Daniil Trifonov as soloist.


James Ehnes


James Ehnes


James Ehnes


Known for his virtuosity and probing musicianship, violinist James Ehnes has performed in more than 35 countries on five continents, appearing regularly in the world’s great concert halls and with many of the most celebrated orchestras and conductors. He completed a cross-Canada recital tour in celebration of his 40th birthday and performed J.S. Bach’s complete Sonatas and Partitas in Stresa, Montreux, Los Angeles, Liverpool, and Amsterdam. Other highlights include a tour of China with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and of Eastern Canada with the National Arts Centre Orchestra; artist residencies with orchestras in Melbourne, Liverpool, Montreal, and at the Scotia Festival; tours with the Ehnes Quartet; and performances at the winter and summer Seattle Chamber Music festivals, where he is the artistic director. His extensive discography — of more than 40 recordings features music ranging from J.S. Bach and Vivaldi to John Adams and Aaron Jay Kernis — has earned numerous international awards and prizes, including a Grammy, a Gramophone, and 11 Juno Awards.

James Ehnes was born in 1976 in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. He began violin studies at the age of four, and at age nine became a protégé of Canadian violinist Francis Chaplin. He studied with Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School of Music and at The Juilliard School, where he won the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music upon his graduation. 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. Mr. Ehnes has received honorary doctorates from Brandon University and the University of British Columbia, and the first-ever Ivan Galamian Memorial Award, Canada Council for the Arts’ Virginia Parker Prize, and an Avery Fisher Career Grant. James Ehnes plays the “Marsick” Stradivarius of 1715.

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