This performance is part of the ASO’s four-year residency relationship with Strathmore, during which the orchestra performs in the Music Center annually.
Known for his virtuosity and probing musicianship, James Ehnes has performed in over 35 countries on 5 continents, appearing regularly in the world’s great concert halls and with many of the most celebrated orchestras and conductors. His recordings have been honored with many international awards and prizes, including a GRAMMY, a Gramophone, and 11 Juno Awards.
Ehnes first gained national recognition in 1987 as winner of the Grand Prize in Strings at the Canadian Music Competition. The following year he won the First Prize in Strings at the Canadian Music Festival, the youngest musician ever to do so. At age 13, he made his major orchestral solo debut with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. He 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.
Ehnes has received honorary doctorates from Brandon University and the University of British Columbia and in 2007 became the youngest person ever elected as a Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada. He plays the “Marsick” Stradivarius of 1715.
With a 54-year history of artistic excellence, the ASO is recognized as the most distinguished and, with 70 musicians, also the largest performing arts organization in Maryland’s capital city. Under the direction of Maestro José-Luis Novo, currently in his 12th season with the orchestra, the ASO continues to rise in excellence and national reputation. The ASO reaches thousands annually with its free Pops in the Park concert, joint concerts with the United States Naval Academy, and collaborative projects with other arts organizations and touring headliners. Additionally, the ASO sponsors numerous award-winning education concerts and outreach programs in community schools.
Annapolis Symphony Orchestra
José-Luis Novo, conductor
James Ehnes, violin
Sunday, March 26, 2016
Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio Overture, op. 72c
Samuel Barber: Concerto for Violin James Ehnes, violin
Richard Wagner: Prelude and Lovedeath from Tristan and Isolde
Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite