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Monday, March 31, 2014

Violinist James Ehnes Wins Two Juno Awards


James Ehnes Takes Home Two JUNO Awards

Monday, March 31, 2014 - Violinist James Ehnes was a multiple-award winner at the 2014 JUNO Awards, held in Winnipeg in his home province of Manitoba on March 29 & 30. He won in both of the categories in which he was nominated: Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Classical for his double-disc recording Prokofiev: Complete Works for Violin (Chandos) and Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble or Soloist(S) With Large Ensemble Accompaniment for his James Ehnes: Britten & Shostakovich: Violin Concertos (Onyx Classics).

The weekend’s haul brings James’s JUNO tally to nine and makes him the most JUNO-decorated classical artist. Performances with the Nashville Symphony precluded James from attending the event, but his heart was still at home:

I'm thrilled and honoured to have won Juno awards for these two projects that are both so close to my heart. I want to thank my wonderful and inspiring collaborators Andrew Armstrong, Amy Schwartz Moretti, Gianandrea Noseda, and Kirill Karabits as well as the amazing BBC Philharmonic and Bournemouth Symphony. I only wish I could be in my home province of Manitoba to celebrate! Winnipeg knows how to party, and from what I hear this Juno week has been one of the best ever. It certainly has been for me!”

James returns to Canada this week for recitals with his Prokofiev partner, pianist Andrew Armstrong, in Kelowna BC (March 31), Edmonton AB (April 2), London ON (April 4), and Saskatoon (April 6) before continuing on to Philadelphia for performances of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda with whom he recorded both of the composer’s concertos. James then travels to Prague (Czech Republic), Aix-en-Provence (France), Stavanger (Norway), London and Birmingham (UK) before returning to North America for concerts with the New Jersey Symphony, San Diego’s Mainly Mozart Festival, and the Vancouver Symphony. In July, James is in Seattle to lead the summer music festival of the Seattle Chamber Music Society, where he is the Artistic Director.

James’s extensive discography of over 30 recordings features music ranging from J.S. Bach to John Adams. His new release is a CD of Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Mark Wigglesworth paired with Shostakovich’s String Quartets Nos. 7&8 with the Ehnes Quartet (Onyx Classics). Already available in the UK and Europe, the disc will be released in the US & Canada on April 8th.  In addition to his nine JUNOs, his recordings have been honoured with many international awards and prizes, including a Grammy and a Gramophone.
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