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James Ehnes

James Ehnes

James Ehnes is a Canadian concert violinist who is well known for his many award-winning recordings and has a Grammy and a number of Junos to his name.

‘When we now speak of the world's finest young fiddlers we must surely add the name of this visionary Canadian. Throughout Ehnes's playing glows. You get the feeling every time he puts bow to string that something special will, quite naturally, just happen.' Gramophone


The son of Alan Ehnes, trumpet professor at Brandon University (Canada) and Barbara Ehnes, former director of the Brandon School of Dance, James Ehnes began his violin studies at the age of four. He graduated from The Juilliard School in 1997 where he was a student of Sally Thomas, winning the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music.

Praised as ‘the Jascha Heifetz of our day' (Globe and Mail), James Ehnes has performed in over 30 countries on five continents. He had a total of 24 recordings released through 2009. His recordings have won numerous awards and prizes, including 6 Junos, a Grammy, and a Gramophone Award. 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 to the Royal Society of Canada. Ehnes performs on the 1715 ‘Ex Marsick Stradivarius', recently purchased from the Fulton Collection.