James Ehnes

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James Ehnes
Born (1976-01-27) January 27, 1976 (age 45)
Brandon, Manitoba
InstrumentsViolin, Viola
Associated actsEhnes Quartet

James Ehnes, CM OM FRSC (born January 27, 1976) is a Canadian concert violinist and violist.

Life and career[edit]

Ehnes was born in Brandon, Manitoba, the son of Alan Ehnes,[1] long time trumpet professor at Brandon University (Canada), and Barbara Withey Ehnes, former ballerina with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Ruth Page's International Ballet, and Chicago Ballet, and former director of the Brandon School of Dance. Ehnes began his violin studies at the age of four and at age nine became a protégé of the noted Canadian violinist Francis Chaplin.[2] He studied with Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School of Music and from 1993 to 1997 at The Juilliard School, winning the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music upon his graduation.[3]

In October 2005, he was awarded a Doctor of Music degree (honoris causa) from Brandon University and in July 2007 he became the youngest person ever elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2010, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.[4]

Ehnes performs on the 1715 "ex-Marsick" Stradivarius. His commercial recordings have won numerous awards and prizes, including 11 Junos, two Grammies,[5] and a Gramophone Award. Ehnes is Artistic Director of the Seattle Chamber Music Society. He and violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti, violist Richard O'Neill, and cellist Edward Arron perform as the Ehnes Quartet.[6]

Ehnes lives in Ellenton, Florida with his wife and two children.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ehnes, Alan Charles". Brandon Sun. 12 Oct 2019. Retrieved 4 Feb 2020.
  2. ^ King, Betty Nygaard (13 Dec 2013). "Francis Chaplin". Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 4 Feb 2020.
  3. ^ Hanson, Philip (1 October 1998). "The Boy from Brandon: Canada's Violin Hope". La Scena Musicale. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  4. ^ Cloutier, Annabelle (30 June 2010). "Governor General announces 74 new appointments to the Order of Canada". Governor General of Canada. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
  5. ^ https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/james-ehnes-grammy-award-violinist-1.5014263
  6. ^ May, Thomas (14 July 2015). "Star violinist James Ehnes on his 'other' life as a chamber musician". The Strad. Archived from the original on 2015-07-17.
  7. ^ Andrew Clements (2009-10-22). "Paganini: 24 Caprices: James Ehnes/Paganini: 24 Caprices: Thomas Zehetmair". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-06-30.
  8. ^ Fiona Maddocks (2013-01-19). "Bartók: Works for Violin and Piano Vol 2: Sonatas and Folk Dances – review". The Observer. Retrieved 2015-06-30.

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