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James Ehnes

A solo recital will be given by Canadian violinist James Ehnes, performed exclusively for Prague Spring audiences from the United States.

Date of Event

Sunday, 24. 5. 2020 from 20.00


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James Ehnes

Canadian violinist and violist James Ehnes, recent holder of a prestigious Grammy award (2019) – not the first of his career – is frequently labelled by critics as the new Jascha Heifetz. “There is a soulfulness behind the technical perfection of Ehnes’s playing that truly supports each work,” wrote Gramophone magazine five years ago. His supreme skill prompts authorities in the field to speak only in superlatives. “Ehnes’s tone came through wonderfully silken in its upper registers, and tawny in its lower, which were rich in the wine-red, golden, chocolate colours of his violin,” claims one review on the Bachtrack website. When he performed at the Prague Spring in 2015 with his piano partner of many years, Andrew Armstrong, a reviewer for the Opera Plus website declared: “How did the almost two-metre tall James Ehnes captivate me? Firstly with his crystal-clear intonation, the likes of which I have never heard before”. As was the case five years ago, at this concert the violinist will be performing on a rare “Marsick” Stradivarius crafted in 1715.

At the age of forty-four he has an estimable discography numbering over fifty albums. A brand new addition comes with the second part of a collection of recordings of Beethoven violin sonatas, which he made for Onyx Classics with the pianist Andrew Armstrong. All of Ehnes’s recordings have been critically acclaimed and many received prestigious accolades (two Grammys, a Gramophone Award) or nominations. When his recording of the Paganini Caprices was released, Diapason magazine quoted the words of violinist Erick Friedman, eminent student of Jascha Heifetz: “There is only one like him born every hundred years.”