James Ehnes@40: Canada 2016 tour JAMES EHNES and ANDREW ARMSTRONG

Thursday October 20, 7:30 PM

Dave Dunnet Community Theatre at Oak Bay High School

James Ehnes, violin
Andrew Armstrong, piano


George Frideric Handel:  Violin Sonata in D major, HWV 371
Ludwig van BeethovenViolin Sonata in F major, no. 5, op. 24 “Spring”
Bramwell Tovey:  Stream of Limelight


The Victoria Summer Music Festival Society is thrilled to bring James Ehnes to Victoria for this special out-of-season recital as part of the James Ehnes@40: Canada 2016 tour.

James Ehnes turned 40 on January 27, 2016, and he celebrated by announcing a national recital tour featuring stops in all of Canada’s provinces and territories, including Victoria!

The Grammy-, Gramophone-, and ten-time Juno-award-winning violinist said, “As the milestone of my 40th birthday approached, it struck me that I could give myself and my family no better gift than the opportunity to explore this great nation from West to East, North to South. On the tour I will visit every province and territory, reconnecting with the many Canadians who have supported me throughout my career, and meeting new friends along the way.”

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. He is a Member of the Order of Canada, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music. James Ehnes plays the “Marsick” Stradivarius of 1715.

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. Praised by critics for his passionate expression and dazzling technique, Andrew 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 cellist Robert deMaine; the Elias, Alexander, American, and Manhattan String Quartets; and as a member of the Caramoor Virtuosi, the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, and Amelia Piano Trio.

A highlight of the tour is the premiere of a new work by award-winning composer and Vancouver Symphony music director Bramwell Tovey. “When James approached me for a work for his 40th birthday tour,” Maestro Tovey comments, “I was delighted to celebrate our musical partnership in this way – we go back over a quarter of a century and first met in Winnipeg when James was only 13. I was delighted to conduct his first European performance with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and, of course, to win the Grammy for Best Instrumentalist with Orchestra with James and the VSO in 2008. For the recital tour, without giving too much away, I have the chance to test that formidable technique and the way in which it is allied to an unerring musicality. It is my wish that Stream of Limelight will give James the opportunity to display those extraordinary gifts that bring so many people closer to the music when he performs.”

The program will also feature 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.