James Ehnes


Known for his virtuosity and probing musicianship, violinist James Ehnes has performed in over 35 countries, appearing regularly in the world’s great concert halls and with many of the most celebrated orchestras and conductors. He is also the first violinist of the Ehnes Quartet and the Artistic Director of the Seattle Chamber Music Society.

His extensive discography of over 40 recordings has been honoured with many international awards and prizes, including a Grammy, a Gramophone and 11 Juno awards.

James has won numerous awards and prizes, including the first-ever Ivan Galamian Memorial Award, the Canada Council for the Arts’ Virginia Parker Prize, and a 2005 Avery Fisher Career Grant. He is a Member of the Order of Canada, and an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music. In 2017, James was named Instrumentalist of the Year by Royal Philharmonic Society.

James plays the ‘Marsick’ Stradivarius of 1715. He uses the Kun Bravo.

Photo: Benjamin Ealovega