James Ehnes Violin

Artistic Director
sponsor: Jim Penney and LauraLeigh Young

James Ehnes, one of the foremost violinists of his generation, is a favorite guest of many of the world’s most respected conductors.

Recent orchestral highlights include the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, London Symphony, Gedwandhausorchester Leipzig, Vienna Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Chicago Symphony, Orchestre National de France, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Boston Symphony Orchestras; Pittsburgh Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, and Hong Kong Philharmonic.

In 2017, Ehnes premiered the Aaron Jay Kernis Violin Concerto with the Toronto, Seattle and Dallas Symphony Orchestras. Alongside his concerto work, James Ehnes maintains a busy recital schedule and performs regularly at Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Center Chicago, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and Ravinia.

In 2010, he formally established the Ehnes Quartet, with whom he has performed in Europe at venues including Wigmore Hall, Auditorium du Louvre in Paris and Théâtre du Jeu de Paume in Aix. Ehnes has an extensive discography and has won many awards for his recordings, including a Gramophone Award, a GRAMMY Award and JUNO awards.

Ehnes began violin studies at the age of four, became a protege of Canadian violinist Francis Chaplin at age nine, made his orchestral debut with Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal at age 13 and graduated from The Juilliard School in 1997, winning the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and in 2010 was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada. James Ehnes plays the “Marsick” Stradivarius of 1715.