"The music of 'Scheherazade' is like a magic carpet: it can transport you to another world," said musicologist Paul Serotsky.
Known for his virtuosity and probing musicianship, Ehnes has performed in over 30 countries and on five continents, appearing regularly in the world's great concert halls and with many of the major orchestras and conductors. He has an extensive discography of over 25 recordings featuring music ranging from J.S Bach to John Adams. He began his violin studies at the age of 4, and at age 9 became a protégé of the noted Canadian violinist Francis Chaplin. He studied with Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School of Music and from 1993 to 1997 at The Juilliard School, winning the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music upon his graduation. At age 13, he made his orchestral solo debut with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Since then, he has won numerous awards and prizes. His recordings have been honored with international awards and prizes, including a Grammy, a Gramophone and six Juno Awards.
Named one of the "10 Brightest New Stars for 2007" by BBC Music Magazine, Walker is widely recognized for the intense rapport he creates with musicians and audiences. The young maestro was named permanent guest conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 2003, principal conductor of Paragon Ensemble since 2000, principal guest conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and is a frequent and popular guest at the Edinburgh Festival. He also enjoys a close association with Red Note Ensemble, Scotland's premiere contemporary music ensemble. Walker's 2012-13 international engagements include a return to the Auckland Philharmonia, conducting Ehnes in the Elgar Violin Concerto, appearances with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Symphony at Barbican Hall and debut appearances with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
The appearance of Ehnes is sponsored by Sam B. Ersan. Pacific Symphony's classical series performances are made possible by the Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation, with additional support from American Airlines, The Westin South Coast Plaza, KUSC and PBS SoCal.