Violinist Nicola Benedetti has captivated audiences and critics alike with her musicality and poise. Hilary Finch recently wrote in The Times,“ it was thrilling to hear and watch Nicola Benedetti in a truly risk‐taking performance that lived so much in the body and fused the sinews of the violin and the nerve‐system of the player”. This sums up Nicola’s ability to communicate and enthrall audiences with dynamic and energy‐filled performances.
Throughout her career, Nicola’s desire to perform new works has shown her to be one of the UK’s most innovative and creative young violinists. Nicola’s choice of the Szymanowski Violin Concerto for the BBC Young Musician of the Year, her success in which catapulted her to fame in 2004, was just the beginning of her focus on less‐often programmed repertoire and new music. She has recorded newly commissioned works by John Tavener and James Macmillan, has studied jazz with Wynton Marsalis and others, and explored authentic baroque performance. Her performances of all repertoire are influenced by this wide‐range of interests and study.
In recent seasons Nicola has performed with almost all of the UK and Ireland’s major symphony orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras, and as word of her immense musicality and ability to reach audiences has spread, she has received invitations to work with a list of international orchestras that include the Deutsche Symphony Orchestra in Berlin, the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, NDR Orchester in Llubjiana, Het Brabants Orkest, the Orchestre de Picardie, KBS Symphony and the Japan Philharmonic. Nicola’s busy schedule has also seen her perform in North America with the Vancouver, Colorado, Phoenix and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras.