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".

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 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.

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 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.

In the 2009-2010 season Nicola will perform the Glazunov and Sibelius violin concerti with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Ashkenazy and Segerstam and the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Russian National Orchestra under Pletnev. Performances in Prague with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Jakub Hrusa are followed by a tour of the UK and she will also be performing with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony orchestra and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.

Winner of the Classical BRIT Award for Young British Classic Performer in 2008 and an exclusive Universal/Deutsche Grammophon artist, Nicola is soon to release her fourth album, featuring works by Sarasate, Fauré, Rachmaninov, Pärt, and Ravel.

Nicola has also taken part in many prestigious events, including a performance at Windsor Castle for her Majesty the Queen, at the opening of the Scottish Parliament, the G8 Summit at Gleneagles, and for Comic Relief's Gala concert 'Classic Relief.' In addition to her performance and recording activities, Nicola has devoted herself to humanitarian and educational causes. Since 2005, she has visited schools throughout the United Kingdom in conjunction with the CLIC Sargent Practice-a-thon, in which she encourages pupils of all ages to pick up their instruments and enjoy classical music. Nicola is also a UNICEF Celebrity Supporter.

Born in Scotland of Italian heritage, Nicola began violin lessons at the age of five. In 1997, she entered the Yehudi Menuhin School, where she studied with Natasha Boyarskaya. After leaving the Yehudi Menuhin School she continued her studies with Maciej Rakowski in London. She is currently taking lessons from Pavel Vernikov in Vienna.

Bio courtesy of IMG Artists
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nmerritt - 10 Nov 2009