James Ehnes

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James Ehnes
Born (1976-01-27) January 27, 1976 (age 40)
Brandon, Manitoba
Instruments Violin
Associated acts Ehnes Quartet
Website jamesehnes.com
Notable instruments
Marsick Stradivarius

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

Life and career[edit]

Ehnes was born in Brandon, Manitoba, the son of Alan Ehnes, 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. 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.[1]

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.[2]

Ehnes performs on the 1715 "Marsick" Stradivarius. His commercial recordings have won numerous awards and prizes, including 9 Junos, a Grammy, and a Gramophone Award. Ehnes tours with his string quartet, the Ehnes Quartet, and is Artistic Director of the Seattle Chamber Music Society. In an interview with the music writer Thomas May, Ehnes explained why he feels such compatibility with his fellow string quartet members (violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti, violist Richard O’Neill, and cellist Robert deMaine): "We share the same sound ideal. And we naturally feel pulse and pacing in basically the same way." [3]

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


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hanson, Philip (1 October 1998). "The Boy from Brandon: Canada's Violin Hope". La Scena Musicale. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Cloutier, Annabelle (30 June 2010). "Governor General announces 74 new appointments to the Order of Canada". Governor General of Canada. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  3. ^ May, Thomas (14 July 2015). "Star violinist James Ehnes on his ‘other’ life as a chamber musician". The Strad. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Andrew Clements (2009-10-22). "Paganini: 24 Caprices: James Ehnes/Paganini: 24 Caprices: Thomas Zehetmair". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-06-30. 
  5. ^ 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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