Smartphones in the Concert Hall

Aug. 27, 2013 | News

James Ehnes discusses this in his latest blog for the Huffington Post.

At a recent concert where I played the Brahms concerto, a young man in the second row filmed my entire performance on his smartphone. When I first noticed him, my reaction was one of surprise and mild annoyance. This sort of thing is prohibited, as a rule, in most if not all traditional concert halls. I stared at him with my best, "seriously?" look, but he didn't seem fazed by that at all. So I just tried to ignore it as best I could. I'm guessing he had no idea that I might find his filming objectionable. He applauded enthusiastically and smiled at me at the end.

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Are You an Active or a Passive Listener?

Aug. 19, 2013 | News

James Ehnes discusses this in his latest blog for the Huffington Post.

In interviews, classical musicians are often asked how they would like their performances to be "experienced." It is an interesting question that elicits varied and sometimes fascinating responses, but it also raises a couple of other fundamental questions. Is there a "best" way for music to be experienced? And does a performer have any right to expect a certain kind of involvement from his or her audience?

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Britten and Shostakovich Classical Album of the Week on!

Jun. 4, 2013 | News

James's new recording featuring Britten's Violin Concerto and Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1 is's top classical digital download this week. Click here to get your copy


Interview with Radio New Zealand

May 30, 2013 | News

Radio New Zealand's Tim Dodd spoke to James while he was in Auckland for a performance with the Auckland Philharmonia. Hear the full, hour-long, interview on the Radio NZ website.


Britten and Shostakovich now available for download!

May 14, 2013 | News

Before the CDs hit the streets, you can download the album from either iTunes or the Onyx Classics website. Official release dates have also been announced: May 28th in Canada, June 3rd in the UK, and June 11th in the US!


Tchaikovsky disc earns James his 7th JUNO Award!

Apr. 22, 2013 | News

At the JUNO Awards Gala on Saturday night, James was awarded his 7th JUNO for his all-Tchaikovsky disc in collaboration with the Sydney Symphony and the wonderful Vladimir Ashkenazy for the Onyx Classics label. Look out for James's next Onyx disc to be released at the end of May. He teams up with Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in the Britten concerto and the first of the Shostakovich concertos.


From the Land of Hockey, Beer, and Back Bacon

Apr. 18, 2013 | News

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James Blogs for the Huffington Post

Mar. 26, 2013 | News

James has become the newest voice on the Huffington Post blog roll. Over the comings months, James will offer his thoughts on a variety of subjects. First up: "Are the 'Great' Violins Really So Great?" Find out what James has to say by reading the full post here


James Ehnes joins select group of Honorary Members of the Royal Academy of Music

Feb. 20, 2013 | News

Violinist James Ehnes has become an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music. Honorary membership is limited to a select group of 300 living distinguished musicians. Past recipients include Mendelssohn, Liszt, Stravinsky, and Casals.

Photo: James receives Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music from the Principal, Jonathan Freeman-Attwood. © Royal Academy of Music, February 2013


Double JUNO Award Nomination!

Feb. 19, 2013 | News

Announced at a press conference today, James's Tchaikovsky CD (Onyx) is nominated in the category of Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble or Soloist(s) with Large Ensemble Accompaniment and the first volume of his survey of Bartok's works for violin and piano with Andrew Armstrong (Chandos) is nominated in the category of Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble.

The JUNO Awards will be handed out at ceremonies in Regina, SK on April 20 & 21


Bartok Volume 2 WQXR's Album of the Week

Jan. 20, 2013 | News

WQXR's Album of the Week is James's latest release featuring the music of Béla Bartók, volume 2 in his series of Bartók's music for violin and piano with Andrew Armstrong. Visit their website to find out what they have to say about it.


Roommate Reunion! James Ehnes and Andrew Russo talk about their Syracuse recital

Oct. 2, 2012 | News

Old friends and Juilliard roommates James and Andy stopped by the WCNY studios in Syracuse in advance of their recital at LeMoyne College.
Listen to their chat on “Live at Noon” on WCNY