James Ehnes & Andrew Armstrong

James Ehnes & Andrew Armstrong

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


James Ehnes & Andrew Armstrong perform Beethoven’s Complete Violin Sonatas over two incredible evenings

James Ehnes has established himself as one of the most sought-after violinists on the international stage. Gifted with a rare combination of stunning virtuosity, serene lyricism and an unfaltering musicality, Ehnes is a favourite guest of many of the world’s most respected conductors.

Praised by critics for his passionate expression and dazzling technique, pianist Andrew Armstrong has delighted audiences across the globe. His engagements have seen him perform a sprawling repertoire of more than 55 concertos with orchestra.

About the concert

Their performance in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall as part of Melbourne Recital Centre’s Great Performers series presents the Complete Beethoven Sonatas 1-10. The works range from calmly restrained to impossibly extroverted, swapping roles and textures, demanding methodical mastery and technique.

The long-time collaborators maintain a musical synchronicity that is a pleasure to witness, creating a sense of balance and harmony. Originally planned as a highlight of Melbourne Recital Centre’s 2020 Beethoven celebrations, these performances have been long anticipated by Melbourne audiences. Two evenings of powerful music from two esteemed musicians not to be missed.

Praise for the artists

‘Ehnes and Armstrong were in sync and breathing together on every phrase.’ Seen and Heard

Thanks to our partners

Great Performers Program Partner: The Langham Melbourne
Digital Series Partner: Australian Digital Concert Hall

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James Ehnes violin
Andrew Armstrong piano


Monday 14 November 2022

Part 1
Ludwig van Beethoven
Violin Sonata No.1 in D, Op.12 No.1
Violin Sonata No.2 in A, Op.12 No.2
Violin Sonata No.3 in E-flat, Op.12 No.3

Part 2
Violin Sonata No.4 in A minor, Op.23
Violin Sonata No.5 in F, Op.24 ‘Spring’

Wednesday 16 November 2022

Part 1
Ludwig van Beethoven
Violin Sonata No.6 in A, Op.30 No.1
Violin Sonata No.7 in C minor, Op.30 No.2
Sonata for Violin and Piano No.8 in G, Op.30 No.3

Part 2
Sonata for Violin & Piano No.9 in A, Op.47 ‘Kreutzer’

Part 3
Violin Sonata No.10 in G, Op.96 ‘The Cockcrow’


This production is part of the following series:

Great Performers 2022

Melbourne Recital Centre’s favourite program series, Great Performers, returns in 2022.