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Nicola Benedetti holding her violin laughing

Nicola Benedetti and the SCO

10 Oct 2022

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It’s difficult to know where to start with Nicola Benedetti – charismatic violinist, passionate advocate of music education, newly-appointed Director of the Edinburgh International Festival – but from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s perspective, she is a cherished friend and collaborator of many years. Her career took off internationally after winning the coveted title of BBC Young Musician in 2004, so we are delighted that she returns frequently to play with the SCO.

an impending sense of urgency from both soloist and orchestra

The Scotsman, on Nicola Benedetti's performance of Bruch's Violin Concerto No 1 with the SCO and Maxim Emelyanychev (August 2022)

The video above, by way of a taster for Bruch's Violin Concerto No 1 - which she is playing with the SCO on their American tour, starting this week - shows Nicola performing the second movement in a performance from the 2012 BBC Proms, at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

The SCO match [Benedetti's] elegant phrasing and provide an accompaniment that's alert, spirited and sensitive.

Gramophone, on Italia (2011 CD)

Nicola last performed the Bruch with the SCO under Maxim Emelyanychev in a sold-out performance at this year's Edinburgh International Festival. They have since premiered James MacMillan's Violin Concerto No 2, written for and dedicated to Nicola, in a 'performance [which] gave the audience that rare feeling of being present at the birth of a masterpiece' (The Times).

Click here for more information on the Orchestra's USA Tour 2022 with Nicola and Maxim.

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