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Violinist featured in March chamber concert

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Violinist James Ehnes will perform as part of Chamber Music of San Francisco concert series at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 8 at the Marines Memorial Theatre in San Francisco. He will be accompanied by pianist Orion Weiss.

The program include sonatas by Aaron Copland, Edvad Grieg and Johannes Brahms plus Fantasy in C Major by Franz Schubert.

James Ehnes has performed in over 30 countries on five continents, and appears with many celebrated orchestras and conductors. An avid chamber musician, Ehnes tours with his string quartet, the Ehnes Quartet, and leads the winter and summer festivals of the Seattle Chamber Music Society, where he is the Artistic Director.

He has a discography of over 25 recordings featuring music ranging from J.S. Bach to John Adams. Recent projects include three CDs of the music of Béla Bartók as well as a recording of Tchaikovsky's complete works for violin and his ballet The Sleeping Beauty. Upcoming releases include concertos by Britten, Shostakovich, and Prokofiev. He has received a Grammy, a Gramophone, and six Juno awards.

James Ehnes was 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 from 1993 to 1997 at The Juilliard School, winning the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music. Ehnes gained national recognition in 1987 as winner of the Grand Prize in Strings at the Canadian Music Competition. He was the youngest musician to win the First Prize in Strings at the Canadian Music Festival, the youngest musician ever to do so. He was also the youngest person elected as a Fellow to the Roayal Society of Canada. At age 13, he made his major orchestral solo debut with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.

He plays the "Marsick" Stradivarius of 1715.

Chamber Music of San Francisco presents small ensembles and recitals in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Walnut Creek.

Tickets are $35 to $45. The Marines Memorial Theate is located at 609 Sutter Street in. San Francisco

For more information, contact 415.392.4400 or visit


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