Canadian violinist with pre-eminent reputation as soloist and chamber musician, winner of prestigious prizes and three Juno Awards for Best Classical Album.

James EhnesSept. 25, 2005

James Ehnes - violin
Eduard Laurel - piano

Canadian born James Ehnes began his violin studies at age four. At nine he became a protégé of noted Canadian violinist Francis Chaplin, and later continued his studies with Sally Thomas, graduating from the Juilliard School in 1997 with the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music. Numerous awards and prizes followed, a.o. the first-ever Ivan Galamian Memorial Award and the prestigious Virginia Parker Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts. He enjoys a pre-eminent reputation among concert violinists and performs with renowned orchestras world-wide, at major international festivals, as a chamber musician with such top artists as Yo-Yo Ma, and as a recitalist. 2004 marked a banner year for this prolific recording artist with six new releases. Among his prizes for recordings, he holds three Juno Awards for Best Classical Album. Mr. Ehnes plays the “Ex Marsick” Stradivarius of 1715 on loan from the Fulton Collection. Third LMMC engagement.

Eduard Laurel commenced his piano studies at age ten, working with David Garvey in Texas and with Solomon Mikowsky at the Manhattan Schoool of Music. A member of the Easternmost Piano Quartet and former member of the Jerusalem Trio, Mr. Laurel peforms widely as soloist and accompanist, besides being on the staff at Julliard and Mannes College of Music.

Programme:

MOZART Sonata in G major, K. 379 (1781)
     Adagio - Allegro
    Thema (Andantino cantabile) - Variations I-V -Thema
BARTÓK Sonata No. 1, Sz. 75 (1921) 
    Allegro appassionato
    Adagio
    Allegro 
PROKOFIEV  Five Melodies, Opus 35 bis (1925)
    Andante
    Lento, ma non troppo
    Animato, ma non allegro
    Allegretto leggero e scherzando
    Andante non troppo
BRAHMS  Sonata No. 2 in A major, Opus 100 (1886) 
    Allegro amabile
    Andante tranquillo - Vivace
    Allegretto grazioso (quasi andante)