Donald Runnicles

Grammy­-winning violinist James Ehnes is in Georgia to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Atlanta Symphony and Donald Runnicles November 7–9. Ehnes grew up in Canada and now lives in Florida with his wife and kids. He sat down with GPB’s Sarah Zaslaw to chat about family, coincidences, collaborators, recording – and the greatness of Tchaikovsky.

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Jet-set conductor Donald Runnicles is all over the map, literally. In Berlin, he’s music director of the German Opera. In Wyoming, he heads the Grand Teton Music Festival. And he often visits Georgia as principal guest conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

It all began in Scotland, where Runnicles grew up the son of a church choirmaster and an amateur pianist. In May, between weekends of Debussy and Beethoven with the ASO, he sat down with GPB’s Sarah Zaslaw. She asked about his earliest musical experience.