James Ehnes & Andrew Armstrong
May 30, 2016 - St. Mark's Anglican Church, Niagara-on-the-Lake
*Very few VIP Tickets still remain, including reserved premium seating, an exclusive post-concert reception with James Ehnes and Andrew Armstrong, plus sparkling wine and desserts to celebrate James Ehnes' 40th Birthday Tour!
GRAMMY, GRAMOPHONE and 11-time JUNO award-winning violinist James Ehnes, widely considered one of the world’s finest violinists, returns to Bravo Niagara!
To celebrate his 40th birthday, James Ehnes is throwing a super- sized birthday party in the form of a national recital tour featuring stops in all of Canada’s provinces and territories.
James will be joined on the James Ehnes@40: Canada 2016 tour by acclaimed pianist Andrew Armstrong with whom he has performed in recital across the globe and recorded numerous award- winning CDs.
A highlight of the tour is the premiere of a new work by award-winning composer and Vancouver Symphony Music Director Bramwell Tovey. The program also features Handel’s Sonata in D major, HWV 371, Beethoven’s Sonata in F major, Op. 24 "Spring", and a selection of virtuoso pieces to be announced from the stage.
A CD featuring the tour program will be available exclusively to recital audience members prior to its international release in 2017.
JAMES EHNES, VIOLIN
GRAMMY, GRAMOPHONE and ten-time JUNO award-winning violinist James Ehnes is widely considered one of the world’s finest violinists. Known for his virtuosity and probing musicianship, he has performed in 37 countries on five continents, appearing regularly in the world’s great concert halls and with the most celebrated orchestras and conductors. In addition to his solo work, 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 features music ranging from J.S. Bach and Antonio Vivaldi to John Adams and Aaron Jay Kernis. Born in 1976 in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, he began violin studies at the age of four, and at age nine became a protégé of the noted Canadian violinist Francis Chaplin. He studied with Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School of Music and at The Juilliard School. He is a Member of the Order of Canada, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and is an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music. James Ehnes plays the "Marsick" Stradivarius of 1715 and lives in Florida with his family. www.jamesehnes.com
Praised by critics for his passionate expression and dazzling technique, pianist Andrew Armstrong has delighted audiences around the world. He has appeared in solo recitals and with orchestras in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States and in chamber music with violinist James Ehnes, cellist Robert deMaine, the Elias, Alexander, American and Manhattan String Quartets, as a member of the Caramoor Virtuosi, the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, and Amelia Piano Trio. His solo recordings feature works by Rachmaninov, Mussorgsky, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, and the world premiere recording of Bielawa's Wait for piano & drone (Cordelia Records). He has also released several award-winning recordings with his longtime recital partner James Ehnes including works by Bartók, Prokofiev, Tartini, Leclair, Franck, and Strauss. Andrew is devoted to outreach programs and playing for children. In addition to his many concerts, his performances are heard regularly on National Public Radio and WQXR, New York City's premier classical music station. www.andrewarmstrong.com