JAMES EHNES, violin - ANDREW ARMSTRONG, piano

Monday, January 20, 2020, 7:30 pm. Preconcert Program at 6:45 pm

Winner of Grammy, Gramophone and JUNO Awards, James Ehnes has established himself as one of the most sought-after violinists on the international stage. He has been appointed as a member of the Order of Canada, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Honourary Member of the Royal Academy of Music and Artistic Director of Seattle Chamber Music Society. Gifted with a rare combination of stunning virtuosity, serene lyricism and an unfailing musicality, James Ehnes is a favourite guest of many of the most respected conductors and orchestras. “There is only one like him born every hundred years.

” -Diapason “The wondrous James Ehnes, a thinker of the violin as well as a supreme virtuoso of the violin… an artist of the first order.” –The Daily Telegraph.

“A violinist in a class of his own” -The Times

Andrew Armstrong, praised by critics for his passionate expression and dazzling technique, is a recording artist, soloist, chamber musician, and a long- time collaborator with James Ehnes. He also performs with cellist Robert deMaine, and is a member of the Boston Chamber Music Society, Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players and Seattle Chamber Music Society. Andrew Armstrong, as the youngest competitor, won the Jury Award at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. His repertoire includes over 50 concerti which he performs across the globe.

“I have heard few pianists play (Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Sonata), recorded or in concert, with such dazzling clarity and confidence” –American Record Guide