Nicola Benedetti

Violin

Nicola Benedetti(c)Simon Fowler

Born in Scotland of Italian heritage, Nicola Benedetti began violin lessons at the age of five. In 1997, she entered the Yehudi Menuhin School, where she studied with Natasha Boyarskaya. In 2004 she won the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition with her interpretation of Szymanovsky’s violin concerto being also the breakthrough for her international career. Nicola Benedetti is in much demand with major orchestras and conductors across the globe. Her performances include- amongst others - engagements with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. These international appearances have resulted in her working with a host of distinguished conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo Järvi, Sir Neville Mariner, Donald Runnicles, and Pinchas Zukerman and many more. Her passion for music of the Italian Baroque and historical performance was realized in collaborations with Andrea Marcon and WDR Cologne, Venice Baroque Orchestra and La Cetra Barockorchester Basel. However, she is also into Jazz, studied with Wynton Maralis and played the world premiére of his latest violin concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra in 2016. In addition, Nicola Benedetti recently developed her own education and outreach initiative entitled »The Benedetti Sessions«. This project gives hundreds of aspiring young string players the opportunity to rehearse, undertake and observe masterclasses culminating in a performance alongside Nicola. Winner of »Best Female Artist« at the 2013 Classical BRIT Awards, Nicola records exclusively for Decca (Universal Music). In 2017 she was awarded »The Queen’s Medal for Music 2016«. Nicola plays the Gariel Stradivarius (1717), courtesy of Jonathan Moulds.