James Ehnes

James Ehnes

BandClassical

Biography

Violinist James Ehnes is widely considered one of the most dynamic and exciting performers in classical music. He has performed in over 25 countries on five continents, appearing with many of the world's most well-known orchestras and conductors.

Ehnes’s extensive discography of over 20 recordings features repertoire ranging from Bach violin sonatas to John Adams’s Road Movies. His recordings have been honoured with many international awards and prizes, including a Grammy and 5 Juno awards. For ONYX he has already made three recordings, Barber Korngold and Walton Concertos (GRammy and Juno winner), Elgar's Concerto (Gramophone Award) and the CD/DVD recital Homage, a tribute to the instruments of the Fulton Collection

Born in 1976 in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, he began violin studies at the age of four, and at nine became a protégé of the noted Canadian violinist Francis Chaplin. For several summers he studied with Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School of Music, continuing his studies with her in 1993 at The Juilliard School. He graduated from Julliard in 1997, winning the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music. In October 2005, James was honoured by Brandon University with a Doctor of Music degree (honoris causa) and in July 2007 he became the youngest person ever elected as a Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada.

James Ehnes plays the "Ex Marsick" Stradivarius of 1715 and gratefully acknowledges its extended loan from the Fulton Collection.