Bartok Concerto CD up for a 2012 Gramophone Award!

Aug. 17, 2012 | News


James's critically acclaimed recording on CHANDOS of Bartok's two violin concertos and viola concerto with the BBC Philharmonic and Gianandrea Noseda has been short-listed in the Concerto category for the 2012 Gramophone Awards. For more information, visit the Gramophone website. His Elgar Concerto recording won the 2008 Gramophone Award in the same category. The winners will be revealed at the Gramophone Classical Music Awards on September 27 and on the Gramophone website.




 


James on WXQR's Café Concert

July 15, 2012 | News


While in New York for the Philharmonic’s Concerts in the Parks, James stopped by the WQXR studios to record a segment for their Café Concerts series. Visit the WQXR website to watch James perform Bach's Third Partita and to learn what he and host Naomi Lewin talked about.




 


James Awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music

Apr. 12, 2012 | News


The UK's Royal Academy of Music’s Governing Body has awarded James Ehnes an Honorary Membership (Hon RAM). The Honorary Membership is conferred upon distinguished musicians and is limited to only 300 living musicians. As such, James is in great company; previous honorees include Mendelssohn, Liszt, Stravinsky, and Casals.




 


Dear friends,

Feb. 15, 2012 | News


Some of you are aware at this point that I have withdrawn from my upcoming performances in Lisbon, Copenhagen, Canterbury, and London. I have received several emails of concern, and want to assure you all that I am in great health and spirits, and am only withdrawing for the happiest of reasons: the upcoming birth of my first child.
Many thanks to all for your continued friendship and support as I embark on this new and very exciting part of my life!




 


Carnegie Hall Tonight!

Feb. 14, 2012 | News


James is in New York to perform Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Charles Dutoit tonight at Carnegie Hall. Their performances earlier this week in Philadelphia were met with enthusiastic response.

"Violinist James Ehnes' Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor might have been the most emotionally centered and technically spotless take on the piece I've encountered. That tone was something to treasure." (Philadelphia Inquirer, 11 February 2012)




 


Bartok CD - GRAMOPHONE's Recording of the Month for November 2011!

November 4, 2011 | News


GRAMOPHONE magazine has selected James's Bartok CD as its Recording of the Month in the November issue. Read an excerpt below or the whole review as a PDF.

“James Ehnes offers us the most ‘Heifetzian’ recording [of Bartok’s First Violin Concerto] yet, a vibrant, tender-hearted, boisterously youthful account, bittersweet where needs be and eagerly supported by the BBC Philharmonic under Gianandrea Noseda... I can’t think of a finer version of the First Concerto than this… In the unfinished Viola Concerto…Ehnes fully matches the excellent Lawrence Power. Indeed, his rich, yielding tone makes an even stronger impression... The kernel of the piece is its slow movement and I challenge any reader to name a version that is either more moving or more beautifully played.” (Gramophone, November 2011)




 


Bartok CD out now!

September 1, 2011 | News


Fans in the UK are now able to pick up a copy of James's latest recording: Bartok’s two Violin Concertos and the Viola Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic and Gianandrea Noseda on the Chandos label. Those in North America don't have to wait too long, with release dates on September 6th in Canada and September 27th in the US. Check out the cover art!