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James Ehnes


Canadian violinist James Ehnes has established himself as one of the most sought-after violinists on the international stage. Gifted with a rare combination of stunning virtuosity, serene lyricism and an unfaltering musicality, he has performed with many top ensembles including the Boston, Chicago, London, NHK and Vienna symphonies; the Los Angeles and New York philharmonics; and the Cleveland, Philadelphia and DSO Berlin orchestras. This season he serves as the National Arts Centre of Canada’s artist in residence, performs with orchestras from London and Berlin to Seattle and Toronto, and tours the U.S. with the Ehnes Quartet. This year marks three decades since his Minnesota Orchestra debut at Symphony Ball in 1993, the year after he won the FRIENDS of the Minnesota Orchestra Young Artists Competition; he last appeared at Orchestra Hall in a broadcast-only performance in March 2021. A dedicated recitalist and chamber musician, he has collaborated with numerous musicians at the world’s top festivals and venues, and he serves as the artistic director of the Seattle Chamber Music Society. His extensive recording catalogue has won many awards, including Grammys in 2008 and 2019. At the 2021 Gramophone Awards he was named Artist of the Year.