Nicola Benedetti is one of the most sought after violinists of her generation. Her ability to captivate audiences with her innate musicianship and dynamic presence, coupled with her wide appeal as a high profile advocate for classical music, has made her one of the most influential classical artists of today.
With concerto performances at the heart of her career, Nicola is in much demand with major orchestras and conductors across the globe. Conductors with whom Nicola has worked include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Jir?i´ Be?lohla´vek, Ste´phane Dene´ve, Christoph Eschenbach, James Gaffigan, Hans Graf, Valery Gergiev, Alan Gilbert, Jakub Hruša, Kirill Karabits, Andrew Litton, Kristjan Ja¨rvi, Vladimir Jurowski, Cristian Ma?celaru, Zubin Mehta, Andrea Marcon, Peter Oundjian, Vasily Petrenko, Donald Runnicles, Thomas Søndergård, Krzysztof Urbanski, Juraj Valcua, Edo de Waart, Pinchas Zukerman and Jaap van Zweden.
Nicola enjoys working with the highest level of orchestras including collaborations with the London Symphony Orchestra,
London Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Washington D.C., Orchestra of
the Mariinsky Theatre, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Camerata Salzburg, Czech
Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and the Chicago
Symphony at the Ravinia Festival.
The Summer of 2017 saw Nicola make her debut at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival with Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra
dell’ Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. She returned to the BBC Proms with Thomas Søndergård and the BBC
National Orchestra of Wales and to the Edinburgh International Festival with Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival
Orchestra. This 17/18 season Nicola makes her debut with the Orchestre de Paris and collaborates with the Deutsches
Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Philadelphia Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra,
Bremen Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, New World Symphony and Baltimore
Symphony with Marin Alsop. She will also undertake a U.K. and North American tour with the Orchestra of the Age of
With her regular duo partner pianist Alexei Grynyuk, Nicola frequently performs recitals in the world’s leading concert halls
and festivals with most recent highlights including Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rome,
Copenhagen, Dortmund, Ludwigshafen, Bielefeld and Kiel. Nicola is also a devoted chamber musician and collaborates
with cellist Leonard Elschenbroich and pianist Alexei Grynyuk, who have been performing as a trio since 2008. Recent
performances include London’s Cadogan Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Edinburgh
Festival, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Ravinia Festival, New York’s 92nd Street Y and Hong Kong City
Hall. In Summer 2017, the trio returned for the third time to extensively tour South America. Spring 2018 will see the trio’s
welcome return to North America with performances in Boston and Vancouver.
Fiercely committed to music education and to developing young talent, Nicola has formed associations with schools,
music colleges and local authorities. In 2010, she became Sistema Scotland’s official musical “Big Sister” for the Big Noise
project; a music initiative partnered with Venezuela’s El Sistema (Fundacio´n Musical Simo´n Boli´var). As a board
member and teacher, Nicola embraces her position of role model to encourage young people to take up music and work
hard at it, and she continues to spread this message in school visits and masterclasses, not only in Scotland, but all
around the world.
In addition, Nicola developed her own education and outreach initiative entitled The Benedetti Sessions that give
hundreds of aspiring young string players the opportunity to rehearse, undertake and observe masterclasses culminating
in a performance alongside Nicola. She has presented The Benedetti Sessions at the Royal Albert Hall, Cheltenham
Festival and Royal Concert Hall Glasgow, and has plans to develop this on an international scale.
Winner of Best Female Artist at both 2012 and 2013 Classical BRIT Awards, Nicola records exclusively for Decca (Universal
Music). Her most recent recording of Shostakovich & Glazunov Violin Concertos has been met with critical acclaim.