Music Profile: Nicola Benedetti

Friday 24 January 2014 by

Nicola Benedetti, Music, Classical, Violin

Let’s inject some culture in these here parts – meet Nicola Benedetti.

When she was sixteen, Nicola Benedetti was awarded the BBC Young Musician of the Year. She’s now 26, and has played in some of the greatest orchestras and with some of the greatest conductors in the world. In 2012 she won Best Female Artist at the Classical BRIT Awards, and 2013 she was awarded an MBE for services to music and charity.

The violinist was born in West Kilbride, Scotland in 1987, and took up the violin at the age of four. By the time she was eight, she was leader of the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain, and at 10, she went to Surrey to study at the Yehudi Menuhin school for young musicians.

Impressed yet? This is one talented person. I heard her on Desert Island Discs and promptly looked her up on on Spotify because I have a real thing for classical music (play it at full volume when cooking dinner – nothing like it). I’ve had it on repeat ever since. My particular favourite is Fantasia on a Theme (Vaughan Williams/Thomas Tallis) – you might recognise it from the film Master and Commander!

But not only that, she is campaigning for better music education and support of young talent – and she is official “Big Sister” of Sistema Scotland, and regularly tutors young violinists.

You can see her performing the music from Schindler’s List at the Classical BRIT Awards in 2012 here:

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