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James Ehnes

Violin, Viola
Artistic Director, Seattle Chamber Music Society

  • Born in 1976 in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, James Ehnes has established himself as one of the foremost violinists of his generation. Gifted with a rare combination of stunning virtuosity, serene lyricism and an unfaltering musicality, Ehnes is a favourite guest of many of the world’s most respected conductors including Ashkenazy, Alsop, Sir Andrew Davis, Denève, Dutoit, Elder, Ivan Fischer, Paavo Järvi, Maazel, Noseda, Robertson and Runnicles. Ehnes’s long list of orchestras includes, amongst others, the Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, New York, London Symphony, Philharmonia, BBC Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, DSO Berlin and the NHK Symphony orchestras.

  • Der 1976 in Brandon, Kanada, geborene James Ehnes gilt als einer der führenden Geiger seiner Generation und ist vor allem für seine atemberaubende Virtuosität, lyrische Ausdrucksweise und vorbehaltlose Musikalität bekannt. Er wird von vielen der angesehensten Dirigenten wie Ashkenazy, Alsop, Sir Andrew Davis, Dutoit, Iván Fischer, Paavo Järvi, Noseda, Robertson und Runnicles als Solist eingeladen und ist mit Orchestern wie dem Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, New York Philharmonic, London Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Tschechische Philharmonie, DSO Berlin, hr-Sinfonieorchester und NHK Sinfonieorchester aufgetreten.

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  • Recent and future orchestral highlights include London Symphony with Alsop, Vienna Symphony with Elder, New York Philharmonic with Mena, Orchestre National de France with Gardner, Philadelphia and Boston Symphony Orchestra with Denève, Frankfurt Radio Symphony with Orozco-Estrada, Danish and Washington National Symphony with Noseda, Pittsburgh Symphony with Vänskä, Royal Philharmonic with Dutoit, DSO Berlin and Sydney Symphony with Søndergård, and Oslo Philharmonic with Petrenko.


    Alongside his concerto work, James Ehnes maintains a busy recital schedule. He has appeared at festivals such as City of London, Ravinia, Montreux, Chaise-Dieu, the White Nights in St Petersburg, Festival de Pâques in Aix, and in 2009 he made a sensational debut at the Salzburg Festival performing the Paganini Caprices. Ehnes is a regular guest at the Wigmore Hall in London and at the 2007 BBC Proms he premiered a new work for violin and piano by Aaron Jay Kernis. In May 2016, Ehnes will embark on a cross-Canada recital tour to celebrate his 40th birthday.


    As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with leading artists such as Andsnes, Lortie, Vogler and Yo-Yo Ma. In 2010, he formally established the Ehnes Quartet, with whom he made his debut European tour in February 2014 and returns in autumn 2015 for performances at the Wigmore Hall, Auditorium du Louvre in Paris and Théâtre du Jeu de Paume in Aix, amongst others. Ehnes is the Artistic Director of the Seattle Chamber Music Society.


    Ehnes has an extensive discography and has won many awards for his recordings including a 2008 Gramophone Award for his live recording of the Elgar Concerto with Sir Andrew Davis and the Philharmonia Orchestra. His recording of the Korngold, Barber and Walton violin concertos won a 2008 Grammy Award for ‘Best Instrumental Soloist Performance’ and a 2008 JUNO award for ‘Best Classical Album of the Year’. His 2010 recording of the Paganini Caprices earned him universal praise, with Diapason writing of the disc, “Ehnes confirms the predictions of Erick Friedman, eminent student of Heifetz: ‘there is only one like him born every hundred years’.” Ehnes’s recent recording of the Bartók Concerti was nominated for a 2012 Gramophone Award in the Concerto category. Recent releases include concertos by Britten, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Khachaturian.


    Ehnes began violin studies at the age of four, became a protégé of the noted Canadian violinist Francis Chaplin aged nine, made his orchestral debut with Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal aged 13 and graduated from The Juilliard School in 1997, winning the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and in 2010 was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.


    James Ehnes plays the “Marsick” Stradivarius of 1715.

    2015/16 season / 547 words. Not to be altered without permission.
  • Zu den Höhepunkten der vergangenen und zukünftigen Spielzeiten gehören Konzerte mit dem London Symphony unter Alsop, Wiener Symphoniker unter Elder, New York Philharmonic unter Mena, Orchestre National de France unter Gardner, Philadelphia und Boston Symphony Orchestra unter Denève, hr-Sinfonieorchester unter Orozco-Estrada, Danish and Washington National Symphony unter Noseda, Pittsburgh Symphony unter Vänskä, Royal Philharmonic unter Dutoit, DSO Berlin und Sydney Symphony unter Søndergård, sowie Oslo Philharmonic unter V.Petrenko.


    James Ehnes ist bei Festivalen wie dem City of London, Ravinia, Montreux, Chaise-Dieu, Weiβe Nächte St. Petersburg aufgetreten und feierte 2009 mit den Capricen von Paganini sein sensationelles Debüt bei den Salzburger Festspielen. Ehnes tritt regelmäβig in der Wigmore Hall in London auf und hat bei den BBC Proms 2007 ein neues Werk für Violine und Klavier von Aaron Jay Kernis uraufgeführt. Im Mai 2016 wird er anläβlich seines 40. Geburtstags auf eine Rezitaltournee quer durch Kanada gehen.


    Kammermusikalisch arbeitet Ehnes mit Künstlern wie Andsnes, Lortie, Vogler and Yo-Yo Ma zusammen. Er ist künstlerischer Leiter der Seattle Chamber Music Society und gründete 2010 das Ehnes Quartet, das im Februar 2014 seine europäische Debüttournee gab und im Herbst 2015 nach Europa zurückkehren und Konzerte u.a. in der Wigmore Hall in London und dem Auditorium du Louvre in Paris geben wird.


    Ehnes verfügt über eine umfangreiche Diskographie und viele seiner Einspielungen wurden mit Preisen ausgezeichnet. Für die Live-Aufnahme des Violinkonzerts von Elgar mit Sir Andrew Davis und dem Philharmonia Orchestra gewann er 2008 einen Gramophone Award. Seine Aufnahme der Violinkonzerte von Korngold, Barber und Walton wurde 2008 mit dem Grammy für „Bester Soloaufrtitt eines Instrumentalisten” und einem JUNO Preis für „Bestes klassisches Album des Jahres” ausgezeichnet. Die von ihm 2010 eingespielten Paganini Capricen wurden von der Kritik gefeiert, Diapason schrieb: „Ehnes bestätigt die Voraussage des eminenten Heifetz Schülers Erick Friedman: ‚Einer wie er wird nur alle hundert Jahre geboren‘.” Seine Aufnahme der Bartók Konzerte wurde für den Grammy Award 2012 in der Concerto Kategorie nominiert. Desweiteren jüngst erschienen sind Einspielungen der Violinkonzerte von Britten, Schostakowitsch, Prokofiew und Khachaturian.


    Ehnes begann seinen Violinunterricht im Alter von vier Jahren. Mit neun Jahren wurde er Protégé des bekannten kanadischen Geigers Francis Chaplin, mit 13 gab er sein Debüt als Solist mit dem Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. 1997 schloss er sein Studium an der Juilliard School ab und gewann den Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music. Er ist Mitglied der Royal Society of Canada und wurde 2010 zum Mitglied des Order of Canada ernannt.


    James Ehnes spielt die „Marsick” Stradivari von 1715.

    James Ehnes wird weltweit von Intermusica repräsentiert.

    Spielzeit 2015/16 / 542 Wörter. Keine Änderungen ohne vorherige Genehmigung.

Performances

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Concerto repertoire

Bach
Violin Concerto in A minor
Violin Concerto in E major
Violin Concerto in D minor for two violins
Concerto in D major for three violins
Concerto in C minor for Violin and Oboe 


Barber
Violin Concerto


Bartók
Violin Concerto No.1
Violin Concerto No.2
Two Rhapsodies for Violin and Orchestra
Viola Concerto  


Beethoven
Violin Concerto
Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, Cello and Orchestra
Two Romances for Violin and Orchestra


Berg
Violin Concerto


Berlioz
Reverie et Caprice
Harold in Italy 


Bernstein
Serenade


Brahms
Violin Concerto
Double Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Orchestra


Britten
Violin Concerto


Bruch
Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor
Violin Concerto No.2 in D minor
Violin Concerto No.3 in D minor
Scottish Fantasy


Chausson
Poeme


Corigliano
Chaconne from "The Red Violin"


Dallapiccola
Tartiniana


Dohnányi
Violin Concerto No.2


Dvořák
Violin Concerto


Elgar
Violin Concerto


Glazunov
Violin Concerto


Haydn
Concerto in C major


James Newton Howard
Violin Concerto 


Hummel
Concerto in G major
Adagio and Rondo alla Polacca
Potpourri (viola and orchestra) 


Janácek
Violin Concerto 'Pilgrimage of the Soul'


Kabalevsky
Violin Concerto


Aaron Jay Kernis
Air
Violin Concerto 


Khachaturian
Violin Concerto


Knussen
Violin Concerto


Korngold
Violin Concerto


Kreisler
Assorted short works for Violin and Orchestra


Lalo
Symphonie Espagnole


Manoury
Synapse


Massenet
Meditation (from Thais)


Mendelssohn
Violin Concerto in E minor


Milhaud
Cinéma-fantaisie (après 'Le Boeuf sur la Toit')


Mozart
Violin Concerto No.1 in B flat
Violin Concerto No.2 in D major
Violin Concerto No.3 in G major
Violin Concerto No.4 in D major
Violin Concerto No.5 in A major
Rondo in Bb
Rondo in C
Adagio in E
Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra


Nielsen
Violin Concerto


Paganini
Violin Concerto No.1 in D major
Violin Concerto No.2 in B minor
Violin Concerto No.3
Violin Concerto No.4
Moto Perpetuo
Theme and Variations on "I Palpiti"
La Streghe (Witches' Dance)


Panufnik
Violin Concerto


Prokofiev
Violin Concerto No.1 in D major
Violin Concerto No.2 in G minor


Ravel
Tzigane


Ridout
Ballade No.1 for viola and orchestra


Saint-Saëns
Violin Concerto No.3 in B minor
Havanaise
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso


Sarasate
Carmen Fantasy
Faust Fantasy
Zigeunerweisen


Schubert
Rondo in A
Konzertstück


Schumann
Concerto


Shostakovich
Violin Concerto No.1


Sibelius
Violin Concerto Op.47 in D minor
Six Humoresques
Suite for violin and strings, Op.117 


Sinding
Suite in A minor


Strauss
Violin Concerto 


Stravinsky
Violin Concerto


Tchaikovsky
Violin Concerto
Valse-Scherzo
Sérénade mélancolique


Vaughan Williams 
The Lark Ascending


Vieuxtemps
Violin Concerto No.4 in D minor
Violin Concerto No.5 in A minor


Vivaldi
The Four Seasons
Four concertos from L'estro Armonico
Concerto for Three Violins, RV 551 


Walton
Violin Concerto
Viola Concerto 


Weill
Concerto for Violin and Winds


Wieniawski
Violin Concerto No.1 in F sharp minor
Violin Concerto No.2 in D minor
Faust Fantasy
Polonaise in A
Polonaise in D
Légende
Variation on an Original Theme 


John Williams
Violin Concerto 

Conductors

John Adams
Marin Alsop
Vladimir Ashkenazy
Jiří Bělohlávek
Andrey Boreyko
James Conlon
Sir Andrew Davis
Stéphane Denève
Charles Dutoit
Sir Mark Elder
Iván Fischer
Edward Gardner
Valery Gergiev
Hans Graf
Giancarlo Guerrero
Jakub Hrůša
Neeme Järvi
Paavo Järvi
Kirill Karabits
Emmanuel Krivine
Louis Langrée
Andrew Manze
Juanjo Mena
Kent Nagano
Andris Nelsons
Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Gianandrea Noseda
Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Peter Oundjian
Vassily Petrenko
David Robertson
Donald Runnicles
Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Vassily Sinaisky
Leonard Slatkin
Tugan Sokhiev
Thomas Søndergård
Markus Stenz
Christian Thielemann
Robin Ticciati
Michael Tilson Thomas
Osmo Vänskä
Edo de Waart
Mark Wigglesworth
Jaap van Zweden 

...the wondrous James Ehnes, a thinker of the violin as well as a supreme virtuoso of the instrument. Listen to his mellifluous, muted line in the central canzonetta, his natural lyricism imbued with apt, reflective colours, and you experience an artist of the first order.

Daily Telegraph

soulful, impeccable, engulfing Shostakovich... The performance prompted a rare standing ovation, and rightly so

Guardian

One of the most cultured soloists on the scene today ... Ehnes never produced a less than pitch-perfect noted, and every phrase lives with him, without showmanship or forced rhetoric.

Arts Desk

Intermusica represents James Ehnes worldwide

Bridget Emmerson
Director / Head of Artist Management
+44 20 7608 9916
bemmerson@intermusica.co.uk

Aimee Chow
Artist Manager (North America)
+44 20 7608 9949
achow@intermusica.co.uk

Nicola Friemel (on maternity leave)
Artist Manager (Germany)
+44 20 7608 9941
nfriemel@intermusica.co.uk

Lucy Saunders
Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9936
lsaunders@intermusica.co.uk

Christopher Bland
Administrator, Artist Management
+44 20 7608 9939
cbland@intermusica.co.uk

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Chansonnier

HK Gruber

Special projects

Charles Hazlewood

Counter-tenor

Tim Mead

Stage director

David Alden

Andreas Homoki

Piano accompanist

Roger Vignoles