Grammy, Gramophone and six-time JUNO Award–winning violinist James Ehnes is considered one of the world’s finest violinists. He has more than 25 recordings to his credit in repertoire ranging from Bach violin sonatas to John Adams’ ROAD MOVIES. Born in Brandon, Manitoba, James began violin studies at the age of four. He made his orchestral solo debut with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal at age 13 and hasn’t looked back since. He performs across the globe with the best-known orchestras and conductors, maintaining a challenging balance of concerto concerts, chamber music and recitals. In January 2012 he added a new role to his already busy calendar, that of Artistic Director of the Seattle Chamber Music Society. James holds an honorary Doctor of Music (Brandon University), is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and in 2010 was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada. When James is not on stage, you can more than likely find him under the hood of one of his vintage cars — a 1971 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible and a 1979 Ferrari 308 GTS — or at a baseball game. James Ehnes plays the “Marsick” Stradivarius of 1715.