Nielsen’s Inextinguishable Symphony
Arvo Volmer, conductor
James Ehnes, violin
Grieg — Selections from Peer Gynt
Barber — Violin Concerto
Nielsen — Symphony No. 4, “The Inextinguishable”
Prelude at 7pm
This presentation is part of Artis—Naples’ 2017-18 season theme, Languages of Art. This event is supported by the Myra Janco Daniels Legacy Fund.
Tickets start at $29
Canadian violinist James Ehnes is known for his virtuosity and probing musicianship. James has performed in over 30 countries on five continents, appearing regularly in the world’s great concert halls and with many of the most celebrated orchestras and conductors.
James has an extensive discography of over 30 recordings featuring music ranging from J.S. Bach to John Adams. Recent projects include a disc featuring concertos by Britten and Shostakovich, three CDs of the music of Béla Bartók as well as a recording of Tchaikovsky’s complete oeuvre for violin. His recordings have been honored with many international awards and prizes, including a Grammy, a Gramophone and seven Juno Awards.
James first gained recognition in 1987 as winner of the Grand Prize in Strings at the Canadian Music Competition. The following year he won the First Prize in Strings at the Canadian Music Festival, the youngest musician ever to do so. At age 13 he made his major orchestral solo debut with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.
He has won numerous awards and prizes, including the first-ever Ivan Galamian Memorial Award, the Canada Council for the Arts’ Virginia Parker Prize and a 2005 Avery Fisher Career Grant. James has been honored by Brandon University with a Doctor of Music degree (honoris causa), and in 2007 he became the youngest person ever elected as a Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada. In 2010 the Governor General of Canada appointed James a Member of the Order of Canada, and in 2013 he was named an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, limited to a select group of 300 living distinguished musicians.
James plays the "Marsick" Stradivarius of 1715. He currently lives in Bradenton, Florida with his wife and daughter.
Arvo Volmer has appeared at many important theatres and opera houses and performed with orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Orchestre National de France; Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France; the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra; Belgian National Orchestra; Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra; Bordeaux Aquitaine National Orchestra; Moscow State Academic Symphony Orchestra “Evgeny Svetlanov” and St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo.
He has conducted all important orchestras in Australia, including the Sydney and Melbourne symphony orchestras, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan Symphony Orchestra and Macau Philharmonic Orchestra.
He has conducted the Orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, NDR Radiophilharmonie, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg on tour in South America and most of Scandinavia’s major ensembles, including the the Finnish Radio Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony and Royal Stockholm philharmonic orchestras.
As an opera conductor, Volmer has performed at the Bolshoi Theatre; Finnish National Opera; Norwegian Opera; Malmö Musik Theatre; Deutsche Nationaltheatre Mannheim and regularly with Opera Australia in the Sydney Opera House.