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Nicola Benedetti

  • Violinist

Biography

During the 2007-2008 season Nicola Benedetti made debut performances with the London Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Tonhalle and Vienna Tonkunstler Orchestras. In addition she will return to the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra and London Mozart Players and will also tour Spain with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In the previous season Nicola toured and performed extensively around the UK, including concerts with the Philharmonia Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Academy of St Martins in the Fields.

She also made successful international debuts with the Deutsches Symphony Orchestra, Berlin and RTE National Symphony Orchestra. An exclusive Universal/Deutsche Grammophon artist this season sees the release of Nicola’s third album, featuring a new violin concerto, Lalishri, by John Tavener and Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending. Nicola’s second album, including Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and From Ayrshire, a piece written for her by James MacMillan, received a unanimously positive response reaching No. 1 on the BBC Music charts and named “Disc of the Month” by Classic FM.

Her debut album featured Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No. 1, the work which catapulted her to nationwide fame after she performed it to win the title of BBC Young Musician of the Year. Nicola plays the Earl Spencer Stradivarius (c 1712), courtesy of Jonathan Moulds. “Benedetti has the gift of communication in spades: an ability to make the music seem larger than life by sheer eagerness of musical personality.” The Independent