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, MLA Brandon East
May 13, 2013

James Ehnes

Mr. Speaker, Brandon is privileged to be home to a vibrant cultural community. I'm proud to rise in the House today and recognize a distinguished born and raised Brandonite who has done us proud on the world stage. This past month, violinist James Ehnes was awarded a 2013 Juno Award for "Classical Album of the Year, Large Ensemble or Soloist with Large Ensemble Accompaniment."

This is only the most recent of a long list of achievements, Mr. Speaker. James began studying violin at the age of 4 and was the youngest musician ever to win the first prize in strings at the Canadian Music Festival. Since then, he has performed in 30 countries on five continents. James has received many international awards, including a Grammy, a Gramophone, and seven Junos. He is a member of the Order of Canada and an honorary doctor of music and guest professor of violin at Brandon University's School of Music.

I am proud to know James's mother and father, Barbara and Alan, and pleased to add that it was a pleasure to watch Jimmy grow up in our downtown Rosser Ward neighbourhood. .

Thanks in no small part to our provincial investments in arts and culture, we are putting Manitoba on the map in the international music scene. I invite all honourable members to join me in commending James Ehnes, a suburb musician and a role model for young musicians across the world.