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James Ehnes is a Canadian violinist born on January 27, 1976 (Heifetz was 74 years old.) He began playing violin at age 4 and studied with his father until age 9. At age 9, he began his studies with Canadian violinist and pedagogue Francis Chaplin of Brandon University. His orchestral debut took place in Montreal when he was 13. Four years later, Ehnes was already concertizing under professional management. James Ehnes graduated from Juilliard (New York) in 1997 where he was a student of Sally Thomas. He subsequently became a U.S. resident. Ehnes won a Grammy in 2008 for his recording of the Barber, Korngold, and Walton concertos. He is known for a beautiful, alluring sound. His discography is extensive but ironically does not include the usual war horses – no Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, or Sibelius. For some time, Ehnes played the 1717 Windsor Stradivarius but now plays the Ex-Marsick Stradivarius from 1715.
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violinhunter - 2 Jun 2009
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