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Nicola Benedetti is one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation. Her ability to captivate audiences and her wide appeal as an advocate for classical music has made her one of the most influential artists of today.
Nicola begins her 2023/24 season with performances of the Marsalis Violin Concerto with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. She will take up a residency with the Philharmonia with performances across the season including Brahms’ Violin Concerto with Cristian Măcelaru, Marsalis’ Violin Concerto with Santtu-Matias Rouvali, and Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy with Pablo Heras-Casado. Further engagements include play/directing the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy with the Orchestre National de France and Cristian Măcelaru, and Simpson’s Violin Concerto with David Afkham and the RSNO, amongst many others.
Winner of the GRAMMY Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo in 2020, as well as Best Female Artist at both 2012 and 2013 Classical BRIT Awards, Nicola records exclusively for Decca (Universal Music). Her latest recordings of Vivaldi Concerti and Elgar’s Violin Concerto entered at number one in the UK’s Official Classical Album Chart. Other recent recordings include her GRAMMY award-winning album written especially for her by jazz musician Wynton Marsalis: Violin Concerto in D and Fiddle Dance Suite for Solo Violin. In 2021, BBC Music Magazine named her Personality of the Year for her online support of many young musicians during the pandemic.
Nicola has always been a dedicated, passionate ambassador and leader in music education and her commitment was underlined in 2019 when she established The Benedetti Foundation. The Foundation delivers transformative experiences through mass music events and unites those who believe music is integral to life’s education. In its first four years, the Foundation has worked with close to 70,000 participants of all ages and levels, instrumentalists and non-instrumentalists alike, across 105 countries.
In October 2022, Nicola became the Festival Director of the Edinburgh International Festival. In taking the role she became both the first Scottish and the first female Festival Director since the Festival began in 1947.
Nicola was appointed a CBE in 2019.