James Ehnes


Appears on: Stravinsky & Tchaikovsky

Gifted with a rare combination of stunning virtuosity, serene lyricism, and an unfaltering musicality, Ehnes is a favorite guest of many of the world’s most respected conductors, including Ashkenazy, Alsop, Sir Andrew Davis, Gardner, Paavo Järvi, Mena, Noseda, and Runnicles. Ehnes’s long list of orchestras includes the Boston, Chicago, London, and Vienna symphony orchestras; the Los Angeles, New York, Munich, and Czech philharmonic orchestras; and the Cleveland, Philadelphia, Philharmonia, and DSO Berlin orchestras.

Alongside his concerto work, James Ehnes maintains a busy recital schedule. In 2016 he 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 Andsnes, Lugansky, Yo-Yo Ma, Vogler, and Yuja Wang. 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 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 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance and a JUNO award for Best Classical Album of the Year.

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. 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.