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James Ehnes

Violin, Viola
Artistic Director, Seattle Chamber Music Society

James Ehnes joins Toronto Symphony Orchestra to open new season

05 September 2017

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James Ehnes joins the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Peter Ouindjian at Roy Thompson Hall on 19 September 2017 for the opening concert of their new season. Ehnes performs two pieces with the orchestra; Chausson Poème and Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso.


Also on the programme that evening is the world premiere of Canadian composer Mychael Danna’s Suite from Life of Pi, drawn from his Academy Award–winning score to Ang Lee's film. Danna and Lee discuss their creative collaboration in a talk during the interval.


The concert in Toronto follows soon after three performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, with whom Ehnes gives the US premiere of Anders Hillborg Violin Concerto No.2 on 14 September. 

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James Ehnes gives US premiere of Hillborg Violin Concerto No.2 with the Minnesota Orchestra

31 August 2017

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James Ehnes joins the Minnesota Orchestra on 14 September 2017 to give the US premiere of Hillborg Violin Concerto No.2. The concerto was commissioned by the Minnesota Orchestra alongside the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert is conducted by Osmo Vänskä, the orchestra's Music Director, and there are two repeat performances on 15 and 16 September.


The concert marks the first of Ehnes' three visits to the Minnesota Orchestra this season; in January he reunites with the orchestra and Vänskä to perform Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, and he also returns in July.


Ehnes follows the performances in Minnesota with a return to Toronto for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's opening concert of the season. Ehnes performs Chausson Poème for Violin and Orchestra under the baton of the orchestra’s Music Director, Peter Oundjian, at Roy Thomson Hall.

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Nine Intermusica artists nominated at the 40th Gramophone Awards

Nine Intermusica artists have been nominated for Gramophone Awards this year across a range of categories. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 13 September, which will be live streamed on Medici.tv. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Gramophone Awards.


Sir John Eliot Gardiner is nominated in the Baroque Vocal category for his recording of Bach St Matthew Passion with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists. Gramophone described the recording as "a memorable and moving St Matthew... What really makes this one special, however, is its emotional integrity."


James Ehnes is nominated alongside his colleagues in the Ehnes Quartet in the Chamber category for their recording of Schubert String Quartet No.14 'Death and the Maiden' and Sibelius Intimate Voices. Gramophone commented that "[the] pairing of these two quartets is a stroke of programming genius... I never would have thought of putting these two works together, but in this group’s hands it has resulted in something wonderful."


Paul McCreesh's new recording of Haydn's The Seasons made with the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra and Gabrieli Consort and Players is nominated in the Choral category. McCreesh previously received a Gramophone award for his 2006 recording of Haydn's The Creation. In their review, Gramophone wrote that "McCreesh and his massed Anglo-Polish forces have given us a Seasons that thrillingly catches both the work’s bucolic exhilaration and its invocations of the sublime. And for sheer sonic splendour it’s in a class of its own."


Sir James MacMillan's Stabat Mater, recorded by Harry Christophers and the Sixteen, is nominated in the Contemporary category. Gramophone's review concluded that "Posterity might well judge this to be a 21st-century masterpiece; there is no question that this is a truly masterly recorded performance."


Also nominated in the Contemporary category is Renaud Capuçon, whose disc of three 21st century violin concertos has also been shortlisted. The three concertos, all written for Capuçon, were recorded with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and Gramophone praised Capuçon’s "probing playing [and] his welcome advocacy".


Daniil Trifonov is nominated in the Instrumental category for Transcendental, his recording of Liszt's works for solo piano. Gramophone praised the recording as a "triumph", commenting that "every decent record collection should have at least one version of all four sets of these studies. It is quite a feat for a single pianist to deliver what are, in effect, top-of-the-pile performances of almost all of the 23 separate titles – but that is what Trifonov offers."


Leo Hussain is nominated in the Opera category for Opus Arté's DVD of the revival of Fiona Shaw's Glyndebourne production of Britten The Rape of Lucretia. Gramophone singled him out for his "lyrical yet incisive" approach, writing that "conductor Leo Hussain gets finely detailed playing from his LPO instrumentalists, with every flicker of colour speaking volumes."


Roger Vignoles is nominated in the Solo Vocal category alongisde baritone Florian Boesch for their recording of Krenek's cycle Reisebuch aus den österreichischen Alpen. Vignoles was praised by Gramophone for his playing of "great control, refinement and subtlety", while the recording itself was proclaimed "an outstanding achievement."


Mary Bevan joined tenor Allan Clayton for his album Where'er You Walk, a collection of arias Handel composed for tenor John Beard, which is nominated in the Recital category. Bevan sings on 'As steals the morn', which Gramophone described as an "added bonus... it's a very attractive package."

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James Ehnes performs Beethoven at Grand Teton Festival with Donald Runnicles

27 July 2017

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James Ehnes continues his summer of festival appearances with a return to the Grand Teton Music Festival on 10 August 2017, when he plays Bach Sonata No.1 at a chamber recital.


Ehnes then joins Donald Runnicles and the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra for two performances of the Beethoven Violin Concerto at the Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village, Wyoming.


Following his time in Wyoming, Ehnes travels to South Korea to make his debut with the KBS Symphony Orchestra. Ehnes joins the orchestra and their Chief Conductor, Yoel Levi, for performances of Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1 at Seoul's Lotte Concert Hall on 24 August and Seoul Arts Center on 25 August.

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Boris Giltburg & James Ehnes perform at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival

12 July 2017

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Boris Giltburg joins James Ehnes at the Seattle Chamber Music Society Summer Festival at Benaroya Hall on 26 July 2017 to perform Saint-Saëns Sonata No. 1 in D minor, one of Giltburg's four concerts across the festival.


Giltburg also gives a solo performance of Brahms 7 Fantasien, Op. 116, on 28 July, a trio concert with Ricardo Morales & Bion Tsang, and a recital on 24 July with cellist Edward Arron.


Giltburg returns to the United States several times next season, with debuts at Utah Symphony under Music Director Thierry Fischer, Pacific Symphony with Ben Gernon, and NAC Orchestra under Alexander Shelley.

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James Ehnes returns to Bravo! Vail with the Philadelphia Orchestra

23 June 2017

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James Ehnes returns to the Bravo! Vail festival this week, performing Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra on 7 July 2017. Ehnes joins the orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève for the concert at Vail's Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.


The performance at Bravo! Vail is just one of Ehnes' many North American festival appearances this summer. The following week, he travels to the Domaine Forget International Festival to perform Bach Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor and Concerto in D minor on 15 July with the Orchestre de la Francophonie, conducted by Jean-Phillipe Tremblay. Next, he travels to Toronto for a residency at Toronto Summer Music: he gives a masterclass on 16 July before giving a recital of works by Bach, Ysaÿe and Cabena on 17 July at Koerner Hall, followed by two concerts on 19 July – a children's concert in the morning, and Bach concerti in the evening with the Toronto Summer Music Festival Orchestra.


In between his Toronto appearances, Ehnes also visits the Stratford Summer Music festival on 18 July, giving a recital featuring Carmen Braden Magnetic North, a piece written especially for him as part of his 2016 Ehnes@40 tour. He also performs regularly throughout the month with the Seattle Chamber Music Society, of which he has been Artistic Director since 2011, as part of their Summer Festival.

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James Ehnes gives Detroit premiere of James Newton Howard Violin Concerto with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

12 May 2017

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James Ehnes returns to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on 26 May 2017 to perform James Newton Howard Violin Concerto at Orchestra Hall, the first performance of the work in the city. Performing under the baton of Cristian Măcelaru, Ehnes repeats the concerto on 27 and 28 May.


Newton Howard composed his Violin Concerto especially for Ehnes, who gave the world premiere performance with the Pacific Symphony in March 2015.


Ehnes is a champion of new writing, recently giving a "bravura" world premiere of Aaron Jay Kernis' Violin Concerto with the Toronto Symphony and Peter Oundjian:


“The ever-poised violinist tossed off Kernis’s technical hurdles as if they were the easiest thing in the world. It was a bravura performance of a movement that bristled with rhythmic vitality.”
Musical Toronto


This was soon followed by the US premiere with the Seattle Symphony:


“James Ehnes underscored his reputation as one of today’s finest violinists … the new concerto demands almost superhuman agility and stamina of Ehnes, and he rose to the challenge.”
Seattle Times

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James Ehnes wins Instrumentalist of the Year at the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards

10 May 2017

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James Ehnes was announced last night as the winner of the Instrumentalist category in the 2017 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards.


The RPS Music Awards are the highest recognition for live classical music-making in the United Kingdom, awarded annually based on performances from the previous calendar year. The other nominees for the award this year were Alisa Weilerstein and Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Previous winners include Daniil Trifonov, Mitsuko Uchida, Itzhak Perlman and Janine Jansen.


James Ehnes said:


“I’m tremendously excited and grateful to accept the Instrumentalist Award and send my warmest thanks to the Royal Philharmonic Society and BBC Radio 3. As we celebrate live music, I’d also like to thank all of you who do so much to bring live music all across your beautiful country. As a frequent visitor, I’ve had so many special experiences performing not just in your big cities but also in your smaller centres and as someone from a smaller city myself, I can personally attest to how important that is to bring music to everyone”.


Click here to watch a short performance and hear his full acceptance speech.

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James Ehnes performs at Paris' new La Seine Musicale with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales

05 May 2017

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James Ehnes joins the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Paris for a performance at the recently-opened La Seine Musicale on 19 May 2017. Under the baton of Thomas Søndergård, the orchestra’s Principal Conductor, Ehnes performs Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1.


Ehnes recently gave a "stirring" performance (Times) of the concerto at London's Barbican Centre with the London Symphony Orchestra and Fabien Gabel:


"Ehnes approached the opening movement, which Shostakovich called a nocturne, as if in a trance, with song-like phrasing and pure, noble tone... Ehnes rode the rollercoaster with endurance and elegance"
Times, December 2016

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James Ehnes tours Canada with the National Arts Centre Ottawa Orchestra

13 April 2017

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James Ehnes joins the National Arts Centre Ottawa Orchestra this week for a five-concert tour of the east coast of his native Canada, starting in St John's on 27 April.


Conducted by Alexander Shelley, Ehnes performs the Korngold Violin Concerto at Charlottetown on 1 May and Saint John on 4 May, and the Sibelius Violin Concerto on 3 May in Eskasoni and 6 May in Halifax.


In addition to the performances, the tour includes audience development work with music students in Bay Roberts, Moncton and Eskasoni, as well as masterclasses with violin students in St John’s and Halifax.

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James Ehnes nominated for RPS Music Award

04 April 2017

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James Ehnes has been shortlisted for the 2017 RPS Music Awards, in the Instrumentalist category, it was announced on 4 April 2017. The RPS Music Awards are the highest recognition for live classical music-making in the United Kingdom in the previous calendar year. The winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony in May 2017.


Ehnes' UK highlights in 2016 included performances with the London Symphony, Hallé, City of Birmingham Symphony and BBC Philharmonic orchestras, a residency at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, a recital at Wigmore Hall and a recital tour with his string quartet, the Ehnes Quartet.


Wider orchestral highlights of the year included a tour of China with the CBSO and performances with the New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia orchestras. Recital highlights included his year-long, cross-Canada ‘Ehnes@40’ tour and a cycle of solo Bach pieces at the Concertgebouw.

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"A bravura performance": James Ehnes gives world premiere of Aaron Jay Kernis Violin Concerto with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

20 March 2017

James Ehnes began the month with the world premiere of a concerto written especially for him by American composer Aaron Jay Kernis with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra on 8 March 2017. The performance, conducted by Peter Oundjian, was followed by the US premiere the next week, this time with the Seattle Symphony and conductor Ludovic Morlot.


Ehnes says of the concerto: “It has all of Aaron’s trademarks: lyricism, extreme – and I mean extreme – virtuosity, fascinating chromaticism and strikingly colourful orchestration. I think my favourite quality in his music is that it speaks very honestly to the listener, despite often being very complex.”


Praise for Ehnes’ performances of the new work:


“…this has to count as one of the most challenging solo roles out there, and Ehnes was completely in charge of it… His intonation was impeccable, his tone warm, deep and smooth, there was expression and emotion. The audience loved it. The orchestra clapped as enthusiastically as the concertgoers.”
SunBreak


“James Ehnes underscored his reputation as one of today’s finest violinists … the new concerto demands almost superhuman agility and stamina of Ehnes, and he rose to the challenge.”
Seattle Times


“The ever-poised violinist tossed off Kernis’s technical hurdles as if they were the easiest thing in the world. It was a bravura performance of a movement that bristled with rhythmic vitality.”
Musical Toronto


The next US performances of the Kernis Violin Concerto take place on 6, 7 and 8 April with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Gustavo Gimeno.

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James Ehnes performs Barber with the Iceland Symphony and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras

James Ehnes finishes March with two performances of Barber Violin Concerto, first with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra on 30 March 2017. Ehnes joins the orchestra and conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier at Harpa Reykjavík Concert Hall, where he last performed with the Toronto Symphony in 2014.


Ehnes then travels to the UK for a second performance of the concerto, this time with the BBC Philharmonic at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall on 1 April.


The concert in Iceland rounds off a busy month for Ehnes, following concerts with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchester as well as the world premiere of a new violin concerto by Aaron Jay Kernis with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

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James Ehnes gives world premiere of Aaron Jay Kernis’ Violin Concerto with the Toronto Symphony

02 March 2017

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James Ehnes joins the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Peter Oundjian at Roy Thomson Hall on 8 March 2017 to give the world premiere of Aaron Jay Kernis Violin Concerto, which was written especially for him. The concert is part of the orchestra's New Creations Festival.


Ehnes also gives the US premiere of the new concerto with the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall on 16 March. He gives two further performances of the new concerto, which was composed especially for him by Kernis, on 17 and 18 March, and also gives a recital with Kernis and musicians from the orchestra immediately after the final performance.

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Intermusica artists appear throughout the 2017 Verbier Festival, with all performances streamed live by Medici.tv. See all the performance times, dates and venues below:


Renaud Capuçon performs sonatas for violin and piano by Schubert, Beethoven and Strauss at 11am on 22 July 2017 at the Église de Verbier with Denis Kozhukhin.


Also performing at the Église on 22 July is the Pavel Haas Quartet. At 8pm they are joined by pianist Barry Douglas for a performance of Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor and Beethoven String Quartet No.


Sergei Babayn returns to the festival to perform Mozart Piano Concerto No.25 with Joshua Weilerstein and the Verbier Festival Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 24 July.


Richard Goode, Renaud Capuçon and Edgar Moreau appear at the Église at 8pm on 24 July to perform Brahms Piano Trio No.2. In the second half of the recital, Capuçon and Moreau are joined by Lahav Shani, Maxim Rysanov and Leigh Mesh for a performance of Schubert Piano Quintet in A major 'The Trout'.


The Pavel Haas Quartet makes its second appearance at the festival on 25 July, performing in recital at the Église at 11am. The quartet presents a programme of quartets by Martinů and Smetana as well as Dvořák String Quintet No.3, for which they are joined by the quartet's friend and former colleague Pavel Nikl.


Lahav Shani then conducts the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 25 July, leading a programme of Mozart Il nozze di Figaro Overture, Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 with soloist Daniel Lozakovich and Schubert Symphony No.9.


Francesco Piemontesi returns to the festival on 26 July for a solo recital at the Église at 11am, performing a programme of Mozart, Liszt, Debussy and Schubert.


The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, makes its festival debut this year, performing at the Église at 8pm on 26 July. They give a concert of works by Duruflé, Tomkins, Byrd and Poulence among others.


George Li gives a trio performance at 11am on 27 July with Daniel Lozakovich and Pablo Ferrandez at the Église. 


Joshua Weilerstein conducts the Junior Orchestra at 4pm at the Salle des Combins on 27 July. Weilerstein conducts a programme of Fauré Elegie for Cello and Orchestra with Edgar Moreau followed by Bruch Kol Nidrei and Dvořák Symphony No.6.


Kirill Gerstein gives a solo recital at 11am at the Église on 28 July, performing works by Bach, Brahms and Liszt.


Richard Goode makes his second appearance at the festival, performing a programme of Mozart, Janáček, Debussy and Beethoven at the Église at 11am on 29 July.


Joshua Weilerstein is joined by George Li at the Salle des Combins at 4pm on 29 July for a concert with the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra. Li performs Liszt Piano Concerto No.1, with Weilerstein then conducting Dvořák Symphony No.6.


Kirill Gerstein and Sergei Babayan join Yuja Wang and the Verber Festival Chamber Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 29 July for a performance of Bach concertos under the direction of Roberto Gonzáles-Monjas.


At 11am on 30 July, Kirill Gerstein is joined by Truls Mørk to perform sonatas by Brahms, Janáček and Prokofiev at the Église.


In the evening of 30 July, Antoine Tamestit and Mischa Maisky appear at the Salle des Combins alongside Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Roman Simović and Evgeny Kissin. They perform a programme of Mozart String Quartet No.1, Fauré String Quartet No.1 and Dvořák Piano Quintet No.2.


On 31 July, George Li performs a solo recital of Beethoven and Liszt at 11am at the Église. 


Joshua Weilerstein joins Martin Frost and the Verbier Festival Orchestra at the Salle des Combins on 31 July at 7pm. Weilerstein conducts a programme of Copland, Lutoslawski, Shaw and Prokofiev.


On 1 August at 11am, Tamestit joins Roberto González-Monjas, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Pablo Ferrández, Lukas Geniušas & Yuja Wang to perform works by Schubert, Beethoven & Brahms. 


James Ehnes performs at the festival on 3 August, performing at the Église at 11am. He is joined by pianist Julien Quentin for a recital of works by Bartók, Elgar, Prokofiev and Saint-Saëns.


Tamestit and Maisky reunite at the Église at 8pm on 3 August, this time performing Brahms Piano Quartet No.3 with Nikolai Lugansky. Tamestit also performs Brahms Sonata for Viola and Piano with Lugansky, while Maisky and Lugansky play the composer's Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in an arrangement for cello and piano by Paul Klengel.


On 5 August at the Salle des Combins at 7pm, James Ehnes, Antoine Tamestit, Mischa Maisky, Pamela Frank, Roman Simović, Pablo Ferrández, Martin Fröst, Nikolai Lugansky, Yuja Wang, the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and Antonio Pappano will join forces for an evening celebrating friendship and musical excellence. 

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Intermusica artists star in the Southbank Centre's 2017/18 Classical Season

Intermusica artists star in the Southbank Centre's 2017/18 classical season, which was announced on 26 January 2017.


Highlights of the new season include Marin Alsop conducting Bernstein Mass with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and Kian Soltani performing in memory of Jacqueline du Pré with Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. The Intermusica co-promoted International Chamber Music Series features James Ehnes leading Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time, Danielle de Niese performing with the Navarra String Quartet and Colin Currie marking the re-opening of the Queen Elizabeth Hall with a world premiere of a new work by Harrison Birtwistle. Boris Giltburg and George Li give solo recitals as part of the long-running International Piano Series, Nicholas Collon conducts Aurora Orchestra in the finale of Pierre-Laurent Aimard's Ligeti in Wonderland festival, and Kian Soltani makes a second appearance alongside Brett Dean for a performance of Schubert Trout Quintet.


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28 October 2017
Kian Soltani & West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, cond. Daniel Barenboim / Strauss Don Quixote


14 November 2017
James Ehnes, Steven Osborne, Alban Gerhardt & Jean Johnson / Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time 


28 February 2018
Boris Giltburg / Brahms, Shostakovich & Rachmaninov


20 March 2018
George Li / Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Chopin & Liszt


6 & 7 April 2018
Marin Alsop & the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain / Bernstein Mass 


19 April 2018
Colin Currie & Nicholas Hodges / Morton Feldman, Stockhausen & Harrison Birtwistle


27 April 2018
Danielle de Niese & Navarra String Quartet / Albert Roussel, Schubert & Ernest Chausson


13 May 2018
Nicholas Collon
& Aurora Orchestra / Ligeti


29 May 2018
Brett Dean & Kian Soltani with Benjamin Grosvenor, Hyeyoon Park and Leon Bosch / Schubert Trout Quintet


For more information and to book tickets, visit the Southbank Centre website.

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Intermusica takes City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra to China for debut tour with Vassily Sinaisky & James Ehnes

16 December 2016

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Intermusica is delighted to bring the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra to China for its inaugural tour of the country, which kicks off at Guangzhou Opera House on 30 December 2016. The orchestra, conducted by Vassily Sinaisky, makes its debut in four cities: Guangzhou, Changsha, Shanghai and Beijing. Also making his Chinese debut is James Ehnes, who performs Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto alternating with Sarasate Carmen Fantasy and Zigeunerweisen. The two tour programmes also include Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty Suite, Elgar Enigma Variations and Dvořák Symphony No.9 'From the New World'.


Birmingham has strong ties with China and is twinned with Guangzhou, which makes the city a fitting location for the orchestra’s first ever Chinese performances. The New Year’s Day concert in Changsha also marks a first visit to this city for Intermusica, continuing to extend its pioneering reach in China. The full programme for the concert can be seen below:


30 December - Guangzhou Opera House
31 December - Guangzhou Opera House
1 January - Changsha Concert Hall
3 January - Shanghai Grand Theatre
5 January - NCPA, Beijing

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James Ehnes performs Shostakovich Violin Concerto in return to the London Symphony Orchestra

01 December 2016

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James Ehnes returns to London this month for a concert with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre on 14 December 2016. Under the baton of Fabien Gabel, he will perform Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor.


Ehnes recorded the concerto with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for Onyx in 2013, and has performed the concerto to great acclaim around the world:


"There are few violinists around who can make that concerto speak so directly – no wonder the audience was on its feet at the end.”
Daily Telegraph


"A staggeringly powerful performance of Shostakovich's First Violin Concerto, with playing so eloquent and direct from Canadian violinist James Ehnes that it almost eclipsed the rest of the programme… The performance prompted a rare standing ovation, and rightly so.”
Guardian


"It was easy to understand why the audience, orchestra and Deneve himself applauded his Shostakovich so heartily: You won't hear this music played more skillfully than here."
Chicago Tribune 

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The Ehnes Quartet returns to Europe for concerts in the UK & Spain

09 November 2016

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James Ehnes' Ehnes Quartet returns to the UK in November for two concerts in St George’s Hall, Liverpool and LSO St Luke’s in London on 23 and 24 November 2016. The concerts are followed by a performance at the Sociedad Filarmónica de Bilbao on 25 November, and are preceded by a performance in Los Angeles on 19 November.


For the concerts, the quartet performs a programme Mozart String Quartet No.22 in B-flat major, Bartók String Quartet No. 4, Dvorák Selections from Cypresses and Tchaikovsky String Quartet No. 1 in D major.

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James Ehnes returns to the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester & Bath

27 October 2016

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James Ehnes returns to the Hallé Orchestra this month, giving concerts at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on 10 November and The Forum in Bath on 12 November 2016.


On both occasions, he performs Bruch Violin Concerto No.2, under the baton of Sir Mark Elder.

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James Ehnes returns to the Cleveland Orchestra

13 October 2016

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James Ehnes returns to the Cleveland Orchestra this month in three concerts on 27, 28 and 29 October 2016 at Severance Hall. Under conductor Stéphane Denève, he performs Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1. Prior to this, he returns to the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal to perform Dvorák Violin Concerto in A minor on 13 and 14 October with conductor Juraj Valčuha.


October also sees the continuation of Ehnes’ cross-Canada James Ehnes@40 tour with regular collaborator Andrew Armstrong, featuring performances in Montreal, Kingston, Quebec, Burlington, Victoria, Whitehorse, Thunder Bay, Sackville, Halifax, Charlottetown, before finishing in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

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James Ehnes performs complete Bach works for solo violin at the Concertgebouw

22 September 2016

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James Ehnes returns to the Concertgebouw this month to perform the complete solo Bach violin works over two evenings, on 6 and 7 October 2016.


In the first concert on 6 October, Ehnes performs Sonata No.1, Partita No.3 and Sonata No.3, and the next evening, he performs Partita No.3, Sonata No.2 and Partita No.2.


The performance on 6 October will be broadcast live on Radio Omroep Max - click here to listen from 8.15pm (GMT +1).[] at 20:15 Dutch time.

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James Ehnes begins residency with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

13 September 2016

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James Ehnes begins a week-long residency with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra starting with a recital of solo Bach sonatas and partitas at St. George’s Hall on 27 September 2016. He goes on to perform Beethoven Violin Concerto with the orchestra and Andrew Manze at Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall on 30 September and at Preston Guildhall on 2 October. Ehnes ends his residency with a second solo Bach recital at St. George’s Hall on 4 October.


In the preceding week, Ehnes returns to the NDR Radiophilharmonie for three concerts, also performing Beethoven Violin Concerto. These concerts, also conducted by Andrew Manze, the orchestra’s Principal Conductor, also include Beethoven Coriolan Overture and Symphony No.8 in F major.

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James Ehnes restarts James Ehnes@40 tour in Edmonton with Andrew Armstrong

01 September 2016

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James Ehnes begins the second leg of his James Ehnes@40 cross-Canada tour on 14 September 2016 with a recital in Edmonton. After this, the tour continues across Canada, with performances in each of the country’s provinces and territories. Following Edmonton, the tour contines to Banff, Montreal, Kingston, Quebec, Burlington, Victoria, Whitehorse, Thunder Bay, Sackville, Halifax, Charlottetown and St. John’s.


Ehnes is joined on the tour by his long-standing musical collaborator, pianist Andrew Armstrong, with whom he has performed in recital across the world and recorded numerous award-winning CDs, most recently a selection of works by Elgar, Debussy, Respighi and Sibelius.


The programme for the tour includes Handel Sonata in D major, Beethoven Sonata in F major, Op. 24 "Spring", and a selection of virtuoso pieces to be announced from the stage. A further highlight of the tour will be the premiere of Stream of Limelight, a new work by award-winning composer and Vancouver Symphony Music Director, Bramwell Tovey, who said:


“I was delighted to celebrate our musical partnership in this way - we go back over a quarter of a century and first met in Winnipeg when James was only 13. I was delighted to conduct his first European performance with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and of course, to win the GRAMMY for Best Instrumentalist with Orchestra with James and the VSO in 2008. For the recital tour, without giving too much away, I have the chance to test that formidable technique and the way in which it is allied to an unerring musicality. It is my wish that Stream of Limelight will give James the opportunity to display those extraordinary gifts that bring so many people closer to the music when he performs."


The latest news about the tour can be found by following Ehnes on Twitter, and by following the hashtag #Ehnes40. CBC Music will also provide coverage of the tour online and on radio.

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Leonidas Kavakos, Daniil Trifonov, James Ehnes & George Li at Septembre Musical Montreux

26 August 2016

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Leonidas Kavakos, Daniil Trifonov, James Ehnes & George Li all perform at Montreux’s Septembre Musical in September.


Both Kavakos and Trifonov join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Charles Dutoit. Kavakos plays the Brahms Violin Concerto on 27 August, and Trifonov is soloist for Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 the following evening, 28 August.


James Ehnes and George Li perform solo recitals. Ehnes performs Bach’s solo Sonatas and Partitas over two concerts on 29 August – his third and fourth performances of solo Bach in two days, after performing the programme at the Stresa Festival the day before.


On 1 September, George Li performs a programme of Haydn, Chopin, Rachmaninov and Liszt. The recital follows soon after his “sensational” (Herald) Edinburgh International Festival debut.


Septembre Musical takes place annually in Montreux and Vevey in Switzerland, featuring international orchestras and chamber music. It works in collaboration with the Verbier Festival Academy to highlight the next generation of artists.

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James Ehnes performs Bach at the Stresa & Montreux Festivals

14 August 2016

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James Ehnes gives four recitals of solo Bach in two days this month, performing two at the Stresa Festival on 28 August and two at the Montreux Classical Music Festival on 29 August 2016.


In the first of each of these recitals, Ehnes performs Bach Sonata No.1 in G minor, Partita No.1 in B minor and Sonata No.3 in C major. In the latter of the two recitals, he performs Partita No.3 in E major, Sonata No.2 in A minor and Partita No.2 in D minor.


Ehnes has played the Sonatas and Partitas regularly, and his performances of the works has been met with great acclaim:


"His encore was the presto of Bach’s G minor solo sonata: fast, feather-light and muscular all at once."
Guardian, September 2015


"Ehnes’ special ability to combine a heart meltingly beautiful sound with structural transparency was also demonstrated in two Bach encores.”
Frankfurter Allgemeine, April 2015


"To a rapt crowd, he played the third movement of Bach’s second sonata for solo violin, carefully drawing out the spread chords to support the sonorous melody. The quieter he played, the harder the audience listened, and the more intense the silence surrounding his music became.” 
New Statesman, August 2014 

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James Ehnes joins Carlos Miguel Prieto & the Orquesta Sinfonica de Minería in Mexico City

06 August 2016

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Carlos Miguel Prieto, Musical Director of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Minería, is joined by James Ehnes in Mexico City for two concerts with the orchestra on 20 and 21 August 2016.


Appearing at the Sala Nezahualcóyotl, Prieto conducts Ehnes in a performance of Barber Violin Concerto, part of a programme that also includes Adam Schoenberg Stars and Bartók Concerto for Orchestra.


Prieto has just finished a tour of Europe with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, and he returns to Europe in September to conduct the Residentie Orkest in Utrecht and the Hague with violinist Simone Lamsma.


Ehnes travels to Mexico on the back of two weeks with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, where he performed Strauss Violin Concerto in D minor with Sir Andrew Davis and also play-directed a programme of Elgar, Bach, Puccini and Dvorák.

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James Ehnes performs Elgar Violin Concerto with Peter Oundjian and Toronto Symphony Orchestra

26 May 2016

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James Ehnes, fresh from completing the initial leg of his ‘Ehnes@40’ cross-Canada recital tour, returns to Toronto this month to perform with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra on 9 June 2016. Under the baton of the orchestra’s Music Director, Peter Oundjian, Ehnes performs Elgar Violin Concerto in B minor in three concerts at Roy Thomson Hall on 9, 10 and 11 June.


Ehnes recorded the concerto in 2007 with the Phiharmonia Orchestra, and performed the piece to great critical acclaim with the Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin and Vladimir Ashkenazy in 2014:


“There was thunderous applause at the end of the fifty-minute piece, as Canadian soloist James Ehnes has everything at his disposal: careful phrasing, colours, technique, a Stradivarius… Ehnes understands both introversion and brilliance.”
Der Tagesspiel


“Not only does James Ehnes play the entire piece in spotless fashion (extending even as far as his sometimes rather abruptly heated gestures), but he also displays an intense narrative tone which possesses the full qualities of an unmistakeable voice radiating an almost physical presence, enabling him to captivate the audience.”
Berliner Zeitung 


The following week, Ehnes performs at the Mainly Mozart Festival with the festival orchestra, conducted by Michael Francis. In a concert on 15 June at San Diego’s Balboa Theatre, Ehnes performs Mozart Violin Concerto No.1 in B flat major.

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James Ehnes returns to the Philadelphia Orchestra

21 April 2016

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James Ehnes returns to perform with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Stéphane Denève on 5 May for three concerts, following his performances with them earlier in the season in Florida.


Ehnes will perform John Williams Violin Concerto in three concerts on 5, 6, and 7 May at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Perfoming Arts.

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James Ehnes begins major James Ehnes@40 cross-Canada recital tour

13 April 2016

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The James Ehnes@40 tour, a recital tour visiting the length and breadth of Ehnes’ native Canada, begins this month with a launch event on 27 April 2016 at Ottawa’s Rideau Hall, followed by the first concert the next day.


The tour, which takes in each of the country’s provinces and territories, continues throughout May with performances in Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, Regina, Ehnes’ hometown Brandon, Winnipeg, Yellowknife, Iqaluit, London, Halifax, Toronto and Niagara-on-the-Lake. The tour recommences in the autumn, with recitals in Edmonton, Montreal, Kingston, Quebec, Burlington, Victoria, Whitehorse, Thunder Bay, Sackville, Halifax, Charlottetown and Newfoundland.


James Ehnes is joined on the tour by his long-standing musical collaborator, pianist Andrew Armstrong, with whom he has performed in recital across the world and recorded numerous award-winning CDs, most recently a selection of works by Elgar, Debussy, Respighi and Sibelius.


The programme for the tour includes Handel Sonata in D major, Beethoven Sonata in F major, Op. 24 "Spring", and a selection of virtuoso pieces to be announced from the stage. In addition to this, a highlight of the tour will be the premiere of Stream of Limelight, a new work by award-winning composer and Vancouver Symphony Music Director, Bramwell Tovey, who said:


“I was delighted to celebrate our musical partnership in this way - we go back over a quarter of a century and first met in Winnipeg when James was only 13. I was delighted to conduct his first European performance with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and of course, to win the GRAMMY for Best Instrumentalist with Orchestra with James and the VSO in 2008. For the recital tour, without giving too much away, I have the chance to test that formidable technique and the way in which it is allied to an unerring musicality. It is my wish that Stream of Limelight will give James the opportunity to display those extraordinary gifts that bring so many people closer to the music when he performs."


Production company Collective Mind Entertainment will be following James throughout the tour, producing an in-depth documentary which will be broadcast in the autumn of this year. Ehnes and Armstrong have also recorded a CD of the tour programme, to be produced by ONYX Classics. The CD, initially only exclusively available to the audiences of the tour recitals, is scheduled for international release in early 2017.


The latest news about the tour can be found by following Ehnes on Twitter, and by following the hashtag #Ehnes40. CBC Music will also provide coverage of the tour online and on radio, including a live broadcast of the first concert in Ottawa.

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James Ehnes performs Shostakovich with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra

07 April 2016

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James Ehnes travels to Denmark this month to perform Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1 at Copenhagen’s Koncerthuset with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra on 21 April 2016. 


Ehnes's performance of the concerto with Donald Runnicles and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in 2013 received universal acclaim from the UK press:


"A staggeringly powerful performance of Shostakovich's First Violin Concerto... It was Ehnes's soulful, impeccable, engulfing Shostakovich that made this concert unforgettable. His control and range of colour were masterful."
Guardian


“It was the Shostakovich Concerto – or, more specifically, Canadian violinist James Ehnes’s astonishingly intense performance – that proved the evening’s revelation… There are few violinists around who can make that concerto speak so directly – no wonder the audience was on its feet at the end.”
Daily Telegraph


Ehnes then returns to his native Canada to begin his James Ehnes@40 recital tour with his long-time collaborator Andrew Armstrong.

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James Ehnes steps in for Brahms Piano Quartets at Carnegie Hall

06 April 2016

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James Ehnes joins Leif Ove Andsnes (piano), Tabea Zimmerman (viola) and Clemens Hagen (cello) to perform Brahms Piano Quartets Nos 1, 2 and 3, stepping in for indisposed violinist Christian Tetzlaff.


The quartet perform in Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill on Thursday 7 April, followed by Carnegie Hall on Saturday 9 April and Chicago Symphony Center on Sunday 10 April.

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James Ehnes performs Sibelius in return to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

26 February 2016

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James Ehnes returns to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under conductor Osmo Vänskä this month, joining the orchestra for two concerts at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall on 11 and 13 March 2016. Ehnes performs Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor. The first concert on 11 March will be broadcast live on Pittsburgh’s classical music station, WQED.


Ehnes' performed the concerto with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra in April 2015:


"A revelation. With unobtrusive brilliance and flawless technique he traced the composition even in such passages where other colleagues leave it as a mere atmospheric depiction…"
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung


"This excellent soloist penetrated the deeply romantic main theme of the Adagio di molto with individual features full of atmosphere. In ebullient ecstasy, Ehnes performed the ‘dance macabre’ of the final Allegro with polished technique and incredible virtuosity. The audience was ecstatic.”
Der Neue Merker 

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James Ehnes performs in Florida with the Philadelphia Orchestra & Stéphane Denève

09 February 2016

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James Ehnes tours Florida with the Philadelphia Orchestra this month, performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto at the Kravitz Center in West Palm Beach on 23 February, followed by the Beethoven Violin Concerto at the Ocean Reef Cultural Center in Key Largo on 26 February 2016. Both concerts are conducted by Stéphane Denève.


Ehnes travels to Australia earlier in the month, performing Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and conductor Nicholas Carter at Adelaide Festival Centre on 13 February and also with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra on 17, 18 and 19 February at the Sydney Opera House.

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James Ehnes announces James Ehnes@40 Canada-wide recital tour

29 January 2016

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In celebration of his 40th birthday on 27 January 2016, James Ehnes has announced James Ehnes@40, a recital tour visiting the length and breadth of his native Canada including concerts in each of the country’s provinces and territories.


Speaking at the announcement of the tour, Ehnes said:


“As the milestone of my 40th birthday approached, it struck me that I could give myself and my family no better gift than the opportunity to explore this great nation from West to East, North to South. On the tour I will visit every Province and Territory, reconnecting with the many Canadians who have supported me throughout my career and meeting new friends along the way."


Beginning the tour in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa on 28 April 2016, Ehnes and his long-standing musical collaborator Andrew Armstrong visit Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, Regina, James’s hometown Brandon, Winnipeg, Yellowknife, Iqaluit, London, Halifax, Toronto and Niagara-on-the-Lake. The tour recommences in the autumn with performances in Edmonton, Montreal, Kingston, Quebec City, Victoria, Whitehorse, Sackville, Halifax, Charlottetown, and St. John’s, Newfoundland.


The programme for the tour includes Handel Sonata in D major, Beethoven Sonata in F major, Op. 24 "Spring", and a selection of virtuoso pieces to be announced from the stage. In addition to this, Ehnes will premiere a work written for him especially for this tour by composer Bramwell Tovey.


Production company Collective Mind Entertainment will be following James throughout the tour, producing an in-depth documentary which will be broadcast in the autumn of this year. James and Andrew will also record a CD of the tour programme, to be produced by ONYX Classics, scheduled for international release in early 2017.


The latest news about the tour can be found by following Ehnes on Twitter, and by following the hashtag #Ehnes40. CBC Music will also provide coverage of the tour online and on radio; they joined his birthday celebrations with a retrospective photo gallery. Click here for more details.

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James Ehnes joins the New York Philharmonic for four concerts with Juanjo Mena

13 January 2016

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James Ehnes returns to the New York Philharmonic for a series of four concerts at David Geffen Hall from 27 January 2016, performing Beethoven Violin Concerto with conductor Juanjo Mena. The programme is completed with a performance of Bruckner Symphony No.6.


Earlier in the month, Ehnes returns to the Orchestra Philharmonique de Strasbourg to perform Walton Violin Concerto in two concerts conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto on 7 and 9 January. He then joins Andrew Armstrong to give a recital at Wigmore Hall in London on 10 January. This recital is the second and last in Ehnes’s series of all-Bartók recitals at the Wigmore Hall, during which he performs a programme including Bartók Rhapsody no.2, Bartók Violin Solo Sonata, Bartók Sonatina for Violin and Piano, and Bartók Violin Sonata no.1.

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James Ehnes returns to the Philharmonia Orchestra

26 November 2015

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James Ehnes returns to the Philharmonia Orchestra on 10 December 2015 at the Royal Festival Hall, London. Ehnes plays Lalo Symphonie espagnole, in a programme of Berlioz Suite from L’enfance du Christ, Lalo Namouna Suite No.2 and Tchaikovsky Swan Lake Suite.


Ehnes previously played with the Philharmonia on his recording of the Mendelssohn violin concerto, which was praised for its "compelling, beautifully observed phrasing" by Classical Source.

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James Ehnes makes National Symphony Orchestra debut with Gianandrea Noseda in Washington

29 October 2015

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James Ehnes travels to the United States on 12 November 2015 to make his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC under the baton of Gianandrea Noseda. Ehnes performs Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.2 in three concerts at the Kennedy Center on 12, 13 and 14 November. Ehnes and Noseda have previously collaborated on their critically acclaimed recording of Prokofiev's violin concertos with the BBC Philharmonic, released on Chandos in 2013.


"This is not quite the first set by a single soloist of Prokofiev’s violin works… but it is certainly the most enticing... A real winner."
5 stars, BBC Music Magazine


Earlier in the month, Ehnes performs at the Großes Festspielhaus in Salzburg on 8 November, playing the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Mozarteum Orchestra and conductor Constantin Trinks.

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James Ehnes makes debut with Orchestre National de France in Paris

22 October 2015

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James Ehnes returns to Paris on 5 November 2015 to make his debut with the Orchestre National de France at the Maison de la Radio. Ehnes joins the orchestra and conductor Edward Gardner to play the Britten Violin Concerto, which he recorded alongside Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1 to great acclaim:


"Technical mastery of a very difficult score, total conviction and narrative strength stand out here…"
International Record Review 


“James Ehnes’s mastery is breathtaking in both works... every double-stopped chord and octave gleams, every demi-semi quaver rings true, which is not to detract from the profound sincerity of his performance.”
5 stars, BBC Music Magazine 


"James Ehnes’s sinewy tonal lustre, dazzling technique and Perlman-like ability to soar whenever a decent melody comes along, works wonders in the Britten... by revelling in the music’s virtuoso élan, Ehnes proves beyond a doubt that the Violin Concerto deserves an honoured place alongside those by Elgar and Walton"
Sinfini Music 


The concert will be broadcast live on France Musique.

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James Ehnes tours Europe with the Ehnes Quartet

12 October 2015

Following their successful debut tour to Europe in February 2014, the Ehnes Quartet returns to Europe for several performances in autumn 2015. The quartet performs at venues including the Wigmore Hall (26 September), the Conservatoire de Musique in Geneva (2 November), Théâtre du Jeu de Paume in Aix-en-Provence (3 November) and the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris (4 November).


The concerts feature a programme of Beethoven String Quartet No. 11 in F minor ‘Serioso’, Sibelius String Quartet in D minor ‘Voces intimae’ and Schubert String Quartet No. 14 in D minor ‘Der Tod und das Mädchen’.

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James Ehnes joins BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for season-opening concerts

10 September 2015

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James Ehnes joins the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for the opening concerts of Principal Conductor Donald Runnicle’s final season on 24, 25 and 27 September 2015. Ehnes plays Glazunov’s Violin Concerto in A minor in three concerts; at Glasgow City Halls (24 September), Aberdeen Music Hall (25 September) and Edinburgh’s Usher Hall (27 September). Mahler’s Symphony No.10 completes the programme after the interval.

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James Ehnes returns to Wigmore hall for all-Bartók recital

04 September 2015

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James Ehnes returns to the Wigmore Hall on 18 September 2015 with pianist Andrew Armstrong, a long-standing musical collaborator. The duo perform a programme made up entirely of repertoire by Bartók: the first half of the concert includes Rhapsody No.1 and the Violin Sonata in E minor, and the second half features Bartók’s Hungarian Folksong and Violin Sonata No.2.

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James Ehnes now represented by Intermusica worldwide

03 August 2015

Having represented James Ehnes in Europe for 15 years, Intermusica is delighted to announce that he now joins the company for worldwide management. This news comes after a season of performances including with the London Symphony, Vienna Symphony, DSO Berlin, Boston Symphony and NHK Symphony Orchestras, as well sitting on the jury of the International Tchaikovsky Competition and giving a recitals at the White Nights Festival in St Petersburg, London’s Wigmore Hall and the Lincoln Center New York.


Ehnes continues to be a favourite guest of the world’s top orchestras and most respected conductors, with one recent review commenting:


“Is there any better violinist in the world at the moment than James Ehnes? … he blows us away with his unflinching, impeccable technique and the intellectual probity of his arresting musicianship… a virtuoso performance in which every single note bore a ringing precision and clarity of purpose, and in which the long game was always firmly in sight – the exhilaration of the final outcome, the winding emotional journey towards it, was simply sensational.”
Scotsman, April 2015

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James Ehnes, Leonidas Kavakos & Mischa Maisky judge XV International Tchaikovsky Competition

09 June 2015

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James Ehnes and Leonidas Kavakos sit on the violin jury and Mischa Maisky on the cello jury at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, which opens on 15 June 2015 in Moscow after a round of preliminary auditions beginning on 10 June.


Ehnes, Kavakos and Maisky will judge the three rounds of the competition before the winner is announced on 1 July in an awards ceremony at Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Moscow.


This prestigious competition, chaired by Valery Gergiev, is held every four years and this year falls on the 175th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Previous winners include Daniil Trifonov (piano) and Narek Hakhnazaryan (cello).


This year, more than 600 applications were received from 44 counties. That list that has been narrowed down to 60 pianists, 50 violinists, 50 cellists and 80 vocalists who proceed to the preliminary auditions on 10 June.


The competition will also be streamed online by Medici.tv

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James Ehnes returns to London Symphony Orchestra with Marin Alsop and gives recital at LSO St Luke's

24 May 2015

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James Ehnes returns to the London Symphony Orchestra on 7 June 2015 to perform Korngold Violin Concerto with Marin Alsop, who will return to London in September to conduct the Last Night of the Proms. Ehnes’ 2006 recording of the Korngold with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra earned him a 2008 Grammy Award for ‘Best Instrumental Soloist Performance’. The concert is part of the orchestra’s International Violin Festival, and also features works by Bartók and Rachmaninoff either side of the concerto.


Ehnes performs again in London the following week, this time in recital with pianist Steven Osborne at LSO St Luke’s on 11 June. The duo will perform Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano No.10 in G major and Brahms Violin Sonata No.3 in D minor, and the performance will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.


Following these performances Ehnes will travel to Moscow where he will sit on the violin jury for the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition alongside fellow Intermusica artist Leonidas Kavakos, who opened the LSO International Violin Festival in April.

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James Ehnes returns to three major European orchestras

26 March 2015

James Ehnes returns to Europe this month for three return engagements, beginning on 9 April when he returns to the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Nielsen Violin Concerto under the baton of Vasily Petrenko at the Oslo Konserthus.


The following week, Ehnes will give two performances on 16 and 17 April at the Alte Oper with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, performing Sibelius Violin Concerto with Andrés Orozco-Estrada.


His final week of this European tour will include three performances with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Ehnes will perform Nielsen Violin Concerto with Thomas Søndergård at the Caird Hall Dundee (23 April), Usher Hall Edinburgh (24 April) and Glasgow City Halls (25 April).

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James Ehnes returns to Vienna Symphony Orchestra, 26 and 27 Feb

12 February 2015

This month James Ehnes returns to the Vienna Symphony Orchestra for two concerts on 26 and 27 February at the Vienna Konzerthaus. Ehnes will perform Britten Violin Concerto and will be conducted by Sir Mark Elder.

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James Ehnes performs in DSO Berlin’s New Year concerts

17 December 2014

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James Ehnes joins the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin this year for the orchestra’s New Year’s Eve celebrations on 31 December and 1 January.


Performing at the Berlin Tempodrom under the baton of Thomas Søndergård and with members of Circus Roncalli, Ehnes will perform Sarasate Zigeunerweisen, Massenet Thaïs: Méditation and Kreisler Caprice Viennois.

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James Ehnes: hero of the hour - two concertos with two orchestras in one day

11 December 2014

A last-minute step-in yesterday saw James Ehnes perform two different concertos on the same day in concerts with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.


Just before he went on stage to perform Walton’s Violin Concerto at an afternoon concert on 10 December with the CBSO and conductor Andrew Litton, Ehnes was asked if he’d be willing to consider going straight on to Liverpool to perform Brahms’ Violin Concerto with the CBSO and Andrew Manze at an evening concert which would be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, stepping in for Vilde Frang. There was no time for rehearsal so James Ehnes, Andrew Manze and the RLPO had to go straight into a live broadcast.


Writing on Facebook, Ehnes said: “two of my favorite concertos with two of my favorite orchestras in the same day...... how could I refuse?”


Ehnes’s performance of the Walton Violin Concerto with the CBSO was also described as “wonderfully poignant, soul-searching” and given five stars by the Birmingham Post.

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James Ehnes recording of Khachaturian and Shostakovich receives stunning reviews

25 June 2014

James Ehnes’s most recent recording with Onyx Classics has received universal critical acclaim from the international press. The recording features Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto, in which Ehnes is joined by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Mark Wigglesworth, and Shostakovich String Quartets Nos 7 and 8, which marks the first commercial recording of the Ehnes Quartet. The disc has received five star reviews from around the globe:


“James Ehnes’s recorded legacy so far testifies to a remarkable, penetrating and communicative talent.
That talent is certainly manifest again here in Khachaturian’s Concerto. The playing is lissom, spicy and lyrically luminous, complemented by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s lithe rhythms and seductive colouring under Mark Wigglesworth. The Khachaturian of Spartacus and Gayaneh surfaces in the throbbing climaxes of the slow central movement, but this is a performance that abides by musical perspective while bringing a terrific sense of character to Khachaturian’s mix of exoticism and verve…
The Ehnes Quartet has full measure of the music’s essential intimacy and pensive atmosphere, bringing also a sharply defined virtuosity to the nervy counterpoint and jarring dissonance in the Seventh Quartet’s finale and intense concentration coupled with arresting spontaneity to the narrative of the Eighth.”
Gramophone, July 2014


“James Ehnes's total lack of inhibition is just what the work [Khachaturian] deserves, and this full-blooded performance is glorious. Ehnes can change mood with mercurial ease, the first movement's blustering cast aside when he reaches Khachaturian's glorious second subject. He's aided by a delicious oboe solo. As guilty pleasures go, this is up with the best of them… Approach this music with an open mind and you'll be dazzled and beguiled…
Ehnes's own string quartet provide the couplings. Shostakovich's String Quartet No.7 is an underrated, poignant gem – a compact work dedicated to the memory of his first wife. The time span may be brief, but this feels like a much bigger work - a haunting, accessible statement. There's a vivid sense of loss, of bittersweet nostalgia, but the sentiment is never laid on with a trowel. The violence of the finale is a real shock in these players' hands, making the elegiac close more touching. The Eighth Quartet is more familiar – the opening paragraph given a welcome touch of warmth and humanity, the faster, sections dispatched with steely, reckless abandon. Fabulous, deep-toned cello playing from Robert deMaine adds to the impact of an earthy, profound performance.”
The Arts Desk, June 2014


“This disc of two Soviet contemporaries in which James Ehnes performs as soloist and as quartet leader marks another success for this formidable Canadian violinist. The Khachaturian concerto, full of oriental-Armenian folk motifs from the composers Tbilisi homeland, was written in 1940 for the great Odessa-born violinist David Oistrakh. Ehnes, here beadily accompanied by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (catch them at the Proms this year), communicates eloquently the energy and rhythmic adventure of the outer movements, while enjoying the almost mystical mood of the central Andante. With his own quartet he plays the Seventh and Eighth Quartets of Shostakovich, both performances pliant and powerful.”
Guardian, five stars, June 2014


To find out more details about the recording and to listen to audio samples, visit the Onyx Classics website.

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Marin Alsop makes debut with Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien at the Wiener Konzerthaus

21 March 2014

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Marin Alsop returns to the Wiener Konzerthaus for her debut with the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien on 4 April. Alsop’s programme pays tribute to her teacher and mentor, Leonard Bernstein, and his own hero, Gustav Mahler, as well as the Viennese connections of these two conductor-composers; both Bernstein and Mahler feature on plaques outside the Konzerthaus. The first half is Bernstein’s Symphony No.1 ‘Jeremiah’ with soloist Elizabeth DeShong, and Marin Alsop conducts Mahler’s Symphony No.1 ‘Titan’ in the second half. The concert is broadcast live on ORF Ö1 radio at 5.30pm GMT.


Her recent release of Mahler’s Symphony No.1 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on Naxos was described on Res Musica as “an admirable performance, led with panache and style by a key player in the world of contemporary conductors…Alsop has definitely made her mark in the small world of highly skilled Mahlerians. Her interpretation…is marked by a natural shaping of the musical phrases.”


Alsop returns to Vienna after bringing her São Paulo Symphony Orchestra on tour to the Wiener Konzerthaus earlier this season (October 2013); she made her Viennese debut there with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra the previous year.


Marin Alsop also returns to the Czech Philharmonic for concerts at the Rudolfinum, Prague, on 16, 17 and 18 April. Here she conducts Stravinsky’s The Firebird 1919 Suite, alongside the Barber Violin Concerto with soloist James Ehnes. The second half is Copland’s Third Symphony.

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James Ehnes embarks on first European tour with Ehnes Quartet

01 February 2014

This month sees the Ehnes Quartet, established by James Ehnes in 2010, embark upon their first European tour, beginning in Birmingham on 5 February and taking in performances at the Wigmore Hall, London, and the Auditorium du Louvre, Paris.


Hailed as “an important new force in the chamber music arena” with a “dream-team line-up” (Strings), the quartet will give performances at the Barber Institute, Birmingham (5 February), St John the Evangelist in Oxford (6 February), Concertzaal Tilburg (8 February), at London’s Wigmore Hall (10 February) and at the Auditorium du Louvre, Paris (13 February).


The programme for these concerts will include Mendelssohn String Quartet No.1 in E flat major, Bartók String Quartet No.3, Suk Meditation on the Old Czech Hymn St Wenceslas and Ravel String Quartet in F.

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James Ehnes returns to the Philharmonia and performs at Stradivarius exhibition

03 June 2013

This month, James Ehnes returns to the Philharmonia Orchestra for concerts at the Royal Festival Hall, London (13 June), Symphony Hall, Birmingham (15 June) and the Bedford Corn Exchange (16 June). Under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy, Ehnes will perform Elgar's Violin Concerto, his recording of which won the Gramophone Concerto Award in 2008.


On 14 June, Ehnes gives a recital at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford to mark the opening of the Ashmolean Museum's exhibition of the world's finest Stradivarius instruments. Ehnes will perform unaccompanied music by Bach, Paganini and Prokofiev and will also discuss his thoughts on what makes the instruments and their sounds unique. The exhibition will also feature videos of Ehnes performing on and illustrating the differences between some of the exhibit's instruments.

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Intermusica represents James Ehnes worldwide

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All artists

Special projects

Charles Hazlewood

Nora Fischer

Clarinet

Mark Simpson

Chansonnier

HK Gruber

Counter-tenor

Tim Mead

Rupert Enticknap

Piano accompanist

Roger Vignoles