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Nicola Benedetti

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Nicola Benedetti MBE (born 19 July 1987 in West Kilbride in Ayrshire, Scotland) is a Scottish classical violinist.

She started to learn the at the age of four. By the age of nine, she had already passed the eight grades of musical examinations, and in September 1997 began to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School for young musicians in rural Surrey.

At the end of her first year, she played solo in the school’s annual concert at Wigmore Hall, and performed in London and Paris as soloist in Bach’s Concerto in D minor for two violins and orchestra. She played in a memorial concert at Westminster Abbey celebrating the life and work of Yehudi Menuhin.

In the following year, Nicola performed with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Scottish Opera, amongst others. In 2002, she won Britain’s Brilliant Prodigy Competition, broadcast nationwide by Carlton Television. She left the Menuhin School shortly after, and at the age of 15 began studying with Maciej Rakowski, former leader of the English Chamber Orchestra.

You can hear samples of her music at her official website, www.nicolabenedetti.co.uk.

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  • Unknowny503

    Brava on a stunning rendition at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony!

    26 Jul 1:47pm Reply
  • CFCantLee

    Her version of "Loch Lomond" at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony was amazing, listening to her other stuff now and completely mesmerised/

    24 Jul 7:34pm Reply
  • drownedinsound2

    WHAT A TALENT AND SO BEAUTIFUL.!!

    29 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Widelczyk93

    Help me ! I want to download album : "Fantasie" but i cannot find any links.

    12 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Markelder

    She played at my graduation. Was absolutely unbelievable. So captivating.

    14 Jul 2008 Reply
  • bluetooth38

    Nicola Benedetti is anther brilliant violinists and I love the way she plays and her Album "Vaughan Williams - Tavener" is just Fantastic.

    29 May 2008 Reply
  • CareALotsClouds

    I've seen her live. Her violin playing is so much more mesmorising live. Would go and see her again anytime.

    9 Aug 2007 Reply

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