August 3, 2017
The Ehnes Quartet's recording of Schubert's String Quartet No 14 and the Sibelius String Quartet, Op 56 on the ONYX label is nominated for a Gramophone Award. Category winners are announced on September 1 and on September 13 is the Awards dinner where the Recording of the Year will be revealed.
August 1, 2017
James Ehnes continues his summer of festival appearances with a return to the Grand Teton Music Festival on 10 August 2017, when he plays Bach Sonata No.1 at a chamber recital.
Ehnes then joins Donald Runnicles and the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra for two performances of the Beethoven Violin Concerto at the Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village, Wyoming.
Following his time in Wyoming, Ehnes travels to South Korea to make his debut with the KBS Symphony Orchestra. Ehnes joins the orchestra and their Chief Conductor, Yoel Levi, for performances of Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1 at Seoul's Lotte Concert Hall on 24 August and Seoul Arts Center on 25 August.
May 9, 2017
At the Royal Philharmonic Society's annual awards ceremony, held on May 9 at The Brewery in the heart of the City of London, James Ehnes was awarded Instrumentalist of the Year. In making the award, the jury's comment was cited: "Blessed with a generosity of spirit and an innate musicality, James Ehnes, even by his own standards, had a wonderfully productive 40th birthday year. Whether as Artist in Residence at the Liverpool Philharmonic ; acclaimed country-wide concerto, recital and quartet performances or participation in the ‘In Harmony’ programme, he delivered an extraordinary breadth of communication through his eloquent music making.
March 13, 2017
Beethoven's sonatas for piano and violin - as he, the pianist, called them - have been recorded by most of the famous players of recent history, yet there i always room for performances as vital and compelling as these of the A major, Op. 30, No. 1, and the greatest of the 10, the "Kreutzer", also in A (Op. 47). In a short space of time, the Canadian Ehnes has become one of the most popular soloists on the UK concert circuit, and his partnership with Armstrong is already well-established on disc in works by Franck, Strauss, Elgar, Debussy and Respighi. Although the Kreutzer was inspired by two great virtuosos, George Bridgetower and the eventual dedicatee, Rodolphe Kreutzer, it is as much of a challenge for the pianist as for the fiddler. Armstrong's arabesques in its opening movement are delivered with bravura panache, yet it's the subtle interplay between the two players, ceding to each other as they 'converse' melodically in the central variation movement, that impresses here. The dotted marcato rhythms of the presto finale are sizzlingly dispatched. Indeed, the only relative disappointment is that the earlier work seems anticlimactic after such a tour de force. Best to play them in reverse order.
April 6, 2017
Canadian violinist James Ehnes is to join the roster of the Royal Academy of Music as Visiting Professor of Violin. Ehnes is one of the finest violinists of his generation, combining an international solo career with chamber music, and with an extensive and wide-ranging recording catalogue.His first masterclass in his new role will be on 15th June, and will be broadcast on Facebook Live.