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article imageBrandon, Manitoba, violinist James Ehnes wins Juno award

By Ken Hanly     Apr 21, 2013 in Entertainment
Regina - Canadian violinist James Ehnes, a former native of Brandon Manitoba, won another musical honour at the 2013 Juno Awards.
Ehnes won the award for the best large-ensemble classical album for his recording of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. The non-televised portion of the awards was held at Regina's Queensbury Centre. Most of the 45 Junos are handed out at this gathering and only 8 will be presented at the CTV-broadcast awards today (April 21).
The Juno awards are given yearly to Canadian musical artists and bands to recognize artistic and technical achievements in all aspects and types of music. At present, winners are chosen by members of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, or else by a panel of experts depending on the award.
James is the son of Alan Ehnes, who is a trumpet professor at the Brandon University School of Music and Barbara Ehnes a ballet teacher, who was former director of the Brandon School of Dance. Ehnes began studies early at four. He is a graduate of the prestigious Julliard School in 1997 where he won the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music. The Globe and Mail has praised Ehnes as the "Jascha Heifetz of our day". Ehnes is a globe-trotting performer having performed in over 30 countries. As of 2009 he had released 24 recordings. His recordings won 6 Junos, a Grammy, and a Gramaphone Award. Brandon University awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Music degree in October 2005.
In July 2007, he became the youngest person ever to be elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2010 he was made a Member of the Order of Canada. He often performs using a Stradivarius violin of 1715. Ehnes lives with his wife in Bradenton, Florida. Ehnes has a humorous article about explaining what Canada is like at the Huffington Post.
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