James Ehnes, violin and Andrew Armstrong, piano
One of the foremost violinists of his generation, James Ehnes is a favorite guest of renowned conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Marin Alsop, and Sir Andrew Davis. He appears regularly at Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Symphony Center, and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. His recording of the Korngold, Barber, and Walton violin concertos won Grammy and JUNO awards, and his recent recording of the Bartók Concerti was nominated for a Gramophone Award. Pianist Andrew Armstrong has dazzled audiences throughout the world, including performances at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Moscow Conservatory’s Grand Hall, and Warsaw’s National Philharmonic. His recordings of Rachmaninov, Mussorgsky, Chopin, Liszt, and Debussy have received wide critical acclaim. In this program, the duo presents the first of three performances, to be continued in 2020, devoted to Beethoven’s complete violin sonatas.