Nicola Benedetti on Never Bowing to Her Emotions
Once more, with feeling!
Playing with feeling comes naturally to Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti. In this Articulate exclusive, Benedetti explains that what she’s had to learn is control.
Nicola Benedetti is an internally renowned violinist. Her accolades include an MBE and CBE, a Grammy, a Queen’s Medal For Music, and eight honorary degrees.
Born in West Kilbride, Scotland, to Italian-Scottish parents, she began to play the violin at age 4. A prodigious talent, at age 10 she moved to England to study at the famed Yehudi Menuhin School for young musicians. By age 15 she was playing as a soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra. She’s since performed with the New York Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and National Symphony Orchestra of Washington D.C., among other major orchestras.
Her 2014 recording of Max Burch’s Scottish Fantasy reached the top 20 of the UK albums chart. She won a Grammy in 2020 for her recording of Wynton Marsalis’s Violin Concerto and Fiddle Dance Suite, which he wrote for her.