Known for his virtuosity and probing musicianship, violinist James Ehnes has performed in over 35 countries on five continents, appearing regularly in the world’s great concert halls and with many of the most celebrated orchestras and conductors.
Born in 1976 in Brandon, Manitoba, Ehnes began violin studies at the age of four, and at age nine became a protégé of the noted Canadian violinist Francis Chaplin. At age 13, he made his major orchestral solo debut with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.
James Ehnes has played with the NAC Orchestra many times since making his debut with the ensemble in 1993. He most recently appeared with the Orchestra on Canada Day 2017, and he also appeared in Southam Hall last May, with Bramwell Tovey and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He has won numerous awards and prizes, including the first-ever Ivan Galamian Memorial Award, the Canada Council for the Arts’ Virginia Parker Prize, and a 2005 Avery Fisher Career Grant. For his recent recording of Aaron Jay Kernis’ Violin Concerto with Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony, he won this year’s GRAMMY® award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo.
James Ehnes plays the “Marsick” Stradivarius of 1715. He currently lives in Bradenton, Florida with his family.