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James Ehnes

Violin, Viola
Artistic Director, Seattle Chamber Music Society
Artist in Residence, Dallas Symphony Orchestra (2019/20)

  • James Ehnes has established himself as one of the most sought-after violinists on the international stage. 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 Vladimir Ashkenazy, Marin Alsop, Andrew Davis, Stéphane Denève, Mark Elder, Iván Fischer, Edward Gardner, Paavo Järvi, Juanjo Mena, Gianandrea Noseda, David Robertson and Donald Runnicles. Ehnes’s long list of orchestras he has worked with include the Boston, Chicago, London, NHK and Vienna symphony orchestras, the Los Angeles, New York, Munich and Czech philharmonic orchestras, and the Cleveland, Philadelphia, Philharmonia and DSO Berlin orchestras.

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  • Recent orchestral highlights include the MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall with Gianandrea Noseda, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig with Alexander Shelley, San Francisco Symphony with Marek Janowski, Frankfurt Radio Symphony with Andrés Orozco-Estrada, London Symphony with Daniel Harding, and Munich Philharmonic with Jaap van Zweden, as well as his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Lincoln Center in spring 2019. In 2019/20, Ehnes is Artist in Residence with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, which includes performances of the Elgar Concerto with Fabio Luisi, a play/direct programme led by Ehnes, and a chamber music programme. In 2017, Ehnes premiered the Aaron-Jay Kernis Violin Concerto with the Toronto, Seattle and Dallas symphony orchestras, and gave further performances of the piece with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.


    Alongside his concerto work, Ehnes maintains a busy recital schedule. He performs regularly at the Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Center Chicago, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Ravinia, Montreux, Chaise-Dieu, the White Nights Festival in St Petersburg, Verbier Festival, Festival de Pâques in Aix, and in 2018 he undertook a recital tour to the Far East, including performances in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.


    As part of the Beethoven celebrations, Ehnes has been invited to perform the complete cycle of Beethoven Sonatas at the Wigmore Hall throughout 2019/20. Elsewhere Ehnes performs the Beethoven Sonatas at Dresden Music Festival, Prague Spring Festival, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, at Aspen Music Festival (as part of a multi-year residency) and at Bravo Vail Festival during his residency week also including the Violin Concerto and Triple Concerto with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Runnicles. In 2016, Ehnes undertook a cross-Canada recital tour, performing in each of the country’s provinces and territories, to celebrate his 40th birthday.


    As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with leading artists such as Leif Ove Andsnes, Renaud Capuçon, Louis Lortie, Nikolai Lugansky, Yo-Yo Ma, Antoine Tamestit, Jan Vogler and Yuja Wang. In 2010, he formally established the Ehnes Quartet, with whom he has performed in Europe at venues including 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 Grammy Award (2019) for his live recording of Aaron Jay Kernis Violin Concerto with the Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot, and a Gramophone Award for his live recording of the Elgar Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Andrew Davis. His recording of the Korngold, Barber and Walton violin concertos won a Grammy Award for ‘Best Instrumental Soloist Performance’ and a JUNO award for ‘Best Classical Album of the Year’. His 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’.” Recent releases include sonatas by Beethoven, Debussy, Elgar and Respighi, and concertos by Walton, Britten, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Strauss, as well as the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Andrew Manze, which was released in October 2017 on Onyx Classics.


    Ehnes began violin studies at the age of five, became a protégé of the noted Canadian violinist Francis Chaplin aged nine, and made his orchestra debut with Orchestra Symphonique de Montréal aged 13. He continued his studies with Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School of Music and The Juilliard School, winning the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music upon his graduation in 1997. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and in 2010 was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada. Ehnes was awarded the 2017 Royal Philharmonic Society Award in the Instrumentalist category.


    Ehnes plays the “Marsick” Stradivarius of 1715.

    2019/20 season / 719 words. Not to be altered without permission.

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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


Anders Hillborg
Violin Concerto No. 2


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
Andrey Boreyko
Nicholas Collon
James Conlon
Sir Andrew Davis
Stéphane Denève
Sir Mark Elder
Iván Fischer
Edward Gardner
Valery Gergiev
Hans Graf
Giancarlo Guerrero
Daniel Harding
Manfred Honeck
Jakub Hrůša
Neeme Järvi
Paavo Järvi
Kirill Karabits
Emmanuel Krivine
Louis Langrée
Cristian Măcelaru
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 

A violinist in a class of his own.

The Times

The wondrous James Ehnes, a thinker of the violin as well as a supreme virtuoso of the instrument ... an artist of the first order.

The Daily Telegraph

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

The Guardian

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