Violinist James Ehnes joins Academy roster

-Posted on 16.03.2017

Canadian violinist James Ehnes is to join the roster of the Royal Academy of Music as Visiting Professor of Violin. Ehnes is one of the finest violinists of his generation, combining an international solo career with chamber music, and with an extensive and wide-ranging recording catalogue.

Ehnes has visited the Academy several times in the last few years, giving masterclasses and a Barbirolli Lecture on his life in music, and the new appointment cements this friendship. He will continue to give masterclasses, and support students in their development, offering essential insights from his unique perspective.

His first masterclass in his new role will be on 15th June, and will be broadcast on Facebook Live. The Academy’s first Facebook Live session, a masterclass given by Nicola Benedetti in January 2017, had nearly 40,000 online views around the world. 

The Academy's Head of Strings, Jo Cole, said: ‘James has become a much-valued friend to the Strings Department over recent years. He has shared his musical vision, not only in inspiring masterclasses, but also mentoring and supporting individual students as they prepare for major performances outside the Academy. I am thrilled that this warm relationship can be recognised with a title, and look forward to continued years of hugely enjoyable and rewarding meetings and classes.’

The appointment builds on a growing roster of the world's finest musicians, including John Adams, Christian Thielemann, Steven Isserlis, Bengt Forsberg, Sir Mark Elder and Oliver Knussen. These long-term relationships offer students the chance both to be inspired by high-level music-making, and also to experience the practical aspects of life as a musician as they prepare for careers in today’s competitive music world. 

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