Violinist James Ehnes Steps In for Christian Tetzlaff at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, April 9
About the Artist
Known for his virtuosity and probing musicianship, violinist James Ehnes has performed in over 30 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, Canada, he began violin studies at the age of four and at age nine became a protégé of the noted Canadian violinist Francis Chaplin. Mr. Ehnes 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. He first gained national recognition in 1987 as winner of the Grand Prize in Strings at the Canadian Music Competition. The following year, Mr. Ehnes won the First Prize in Strings at the Canadian Music Festival, the youngest musician ever to do so. At age 13, he made his major orchestral solo debut with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.
Mr. Ehnes 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. He has been honored by Brandon University with a Doctor of Music degree (honoris causa), and in 2007, he became the youngest person ever elected as a Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada. In 2010, the Governor General of Canada appointed Mr. Ehnes a Member of the Order of Canada, and in 2013, he was named an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, limited to a select group of 300 living distinguished musicians. James Ehnes plays the “Marsick” Stradivarius of 1715. He currently lives in Bradenton, Florida with his family.
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