Canadian violinist and viola player James Ehnes was born in Brandon, Manitoba on 27 January 1976 and began to play the violin at the age of four. From the age of nine he studied with Francis Chaplin, making his orchestral debut at thirteen with l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and touring with Jeunesses MusicalesCanada at sixteen. then studied at Juilliard and at Brandon University.
Based in Ellenton, Florida, USA, he has made many recordings, is artistic director of the Seattle Chamber Music Society and leads the Ehnes Quartet (with Amy Schwartz Moretti, Richard O'Neill and Edward Arron). He regularly appears internationally as a soloist, and is visiting professor of violin at the Royal Aacdemy of Music in London.
Further information: jamesehnes.com
Ensemble. Thoroughly Collegial - Mike Wheeler listens to Missy Mazzolli, Brahms and Beethoven from James Ehnes and the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Kevin John Edusei
CD Spotlight. Fascinating Listening - Music by Alban Berg, recommended by Geoff Pearce. '... the BBC Symphony Orchestra is on top form ...'
Ensemble. He'll Be Back - Fabien Gabel conducts the Hallé Orchestra, impressing Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Hugely Satisfying - As New Zealand arts funding strikes a sour note, Howard Smith listens to the Vector Wellington Orchestra
CD Spotlight. Thrilling Mastery - Tanja Becker-Bender plays Paganini, reviewed by Howard Smith. '... sparkling clarity and power ...'
CD Spotlight. A Flowing Delivery - Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, heard by Howard Smith. '... vital technical flair ...'