“Benedetti’s trademark is her tone: sweet and clear in the upper register, honeyed in mid-range, and velvety in her low notes.”
Classical Voice America
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. Nicola begins the 15/16 season by embarking on a tour of the U.K.’s leading concert halls performing a personally curated program together with a specially formed ensemble. The program features Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and the world premiere of a work by Mark-Anthony Turnage written for her and cellist Leonard Elschenbroich. The commissioning of new works continues with the highly anticipated world premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra written especially for Nicola.
Further concerto performances include engagements with the Israel Philharmonic, Verdi Orchestra Milano, RSO Stuttgart, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. This season will also see Nicola continuing her passion for music of the Italian Baroque and historical performance realized in collaborations with Andrea Marcon with the Manchester Camerata and WDR Cologne.
Most recently Nicola enjoyed collaborations with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Berlin Konzerthausorchester, WDR Cologne, Camerata Salzburg, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, La Cetra Barockorchester, Czech Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Capitole du Toulouse, Toronto Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony and Melbourne Symphony.
Conductors whom Nicola has worked and will work with include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Jiri Bělohlávek, Stéphane Denève, Christoph Eschenbach, James Gaffigan, Hans Graf, Valery Gergiev, Alan Gilbert, Jakub Hrusa, Kirill Karabits, Louis Langrée, Andrew Litton, Kristjan Järvi, Neeme Jaarvi, Paavo Järvi, Vladimir Jurowski, Cristian Măcelaru, Andrea Marcon, Sir Neville Marriner, Diego Matheuz, Peter Oundjian, Vasily Petrenko, Donald Runnicles, Thomas Sondergard, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Krzysztof Urbanski, Juraj Valcua, Pinchas Zukerman and Jaap van Zweden.
With her regular duo partner, pianist Alexei Grynyuk, Nicola frequently performs recitals in the world’s leading concert halls and festivals with most recent and future 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 and future performances include St John’s Smith Square in London, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Edinburgh Usher Hall, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, LSO St. Luke’s, Frankfurt AlteOper, Die Glocke Bremen, Hong Kong City Hall, two tours of South America, and at the Edinburgh, Ravinia, Schloss Elmau, Engadin Festival and Cheltenham Festivals.
Fiercely committed to music education and to developing young talent, Nicola has formed associations with education establishments including 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 (Fundación Musical Simón Bolívar). 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 recently developed her own education and outreach initiative entitled The Benedetti Sessions. Established in March 2013 at Glasgow’s City Halls, these sessions give hundreds of aspiring young string players the opportunity to rehearse, undertake and observe masterclasses culminating in a performance alongside Nicola. She has also presented The Benedetti Sessions at the Royal Albert Hall and Cheltenham Festival and has plans to develop this exciting initiative on an international scale.
Winner of Best Female Artist at both 2012 and 2013 Classical BRIT Awards, Nicola records exclusively for Decca (Universal Music). The enormous success of Nicola’s most recent recording, Homecoming; A Scottish Fantasy, made Nicola the first solo British violinist since the 1990s to enter the Top 20 of the Official U.K. Albums Chart. The Silver Violin also enjoyed a similar success in reaching No. 30 in the U.K. Albums Chart, simultaneously topping the classical charts. Her past six recordings on Universal/Deutsche Grammophon include a varied catalogue of works including the Szymanowski Concerto (London Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Harding), newly commissioned works by Tavener and The Lark Ascending (London Philharmonic/Andrew Litton), a disc of virtuosic works (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/VasilyPetrenko), Tchaikovsky and Bruch Concerti (Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/Jakub Hrusa) and most recently Vivaldi, Tartini and Veracini Concerti (Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Christian Curnyn).
Nicola attracts an enormous amount of worldwide media attention following the various facets of her extraordinary career and her international television appearances have been wide and varied including performing at the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games to a live audience of approximately 40,000 and TV viewing audience of 9.4 million people.
Nicola was appointed as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honors, in recognition of her international music career and work with musical charities throughout the United Kingdom. In addition, Nicola has received eight honorary degrees to date.
Born in Scotland of Italian heritage, Nicola began violin lessons at the age of five with Brenda Smith. In 1997, she entered the Yehudi Menuhin School, where she studied with Natasha Boyarskaya. Upon leaving, she continued her studies with Maciej Rakowski and then Pavel Vernikov, and continues to work with multiple acclaimed teachers and performers.
Nicola plays the Gariel Stradivarius (1717), courtesy of Jonathan Moulds.
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BENEDETTI TO MAKE NYC TRIO DEBUT AT 92ND STREET Y
Violinist Nicola Benedetti, cellist Leonard Elschenbroich and pianist Alexei Grynyuk will make their New York debut on April 6, 2017 at the 92nd Street Y.
NICOLA BENEDETTI LIVE FROM LONDON’S ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC
On Tuesday, January 10th, all eyes were on Nicola Benedetti as she led a masterclass from London’s famed Royal Academy of Music. The class was broadcast on Facebook Live …
NICOLA BENEDETTI “BRINGS A SENSATIONAL TCHAIKOVSKY” TO U.K.
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NICOLA BENEDETTI’S CNN VIDEO FEATURE AT ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL
Click on the below link to view a CNN Style video segment on Nicola Benedetti playing solo Bach in London’s iconic St. Paul’s Cathedral.
BENEDETTI & MARSALIS FEATURED ON NPR’S “MORNING EDITION”
Click on the below link to hear an NPR “Morning Edition” feature on Nicola Benedetti and Wynton Marsalis’ transatlantic collaboration on the Marsalis Violin Concerto.
WASHINGTON POST: “BENEDETTI PLAYED WITH GRACE AND GRIT”
Wynton Marsalis, the jazz artist, has made repeated forays into art-music composition — writing, that is, notated music for large ensembles, like ‘Blood on the Fields,’ …
NICOLA BENEDETTI PLAYS SHOSTAKOVICH ON CLASSIC FM VIDEO CLIPS
In Nicola Benedetti’s recent visit to the studios of Classic FM, the U.K.’s most popular classical music station, she talked about what makes the Shostakovich …
LISTEN: BENEDETTI OPENS LPO SEASON W/ BOTH SZYMANOWSKI
The performance was an intense back-to-back presentation of Szymanowski’s diabolically difficult two violin concerti and garnered unanimous praise …
HEAR MARSALIS VIOLIN CONCERTO BROADCAST FROM HOLLYWOOD BOWL
Violinist Nicola Benedetti and conductor Cristian Macelaru’s July 28th Westcoast premiere of Wynton Marsalis’s Violin Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the …
NICOLA BENEDETTI’S NEW DECCA RELEASE “ALBUM OF THE WEEK”
Nicola Benedetti‘s new Shostakovich/Glazunov album on Decca Classics is garnering unanimously rave reviews!
L.A. TIMES LAUDS “BENEDETTI’S SOULFUL, GORGEOUS SOUND”
Every election year is about competing visions of America and what it means to be an American. Political parties this summer are particularly divided between and among themselves. The Hollywood Bowl, however …
BENEDETTI AND MARSALIS FEATURED IN LOS ANGELES TIMES
Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti was 17 when she met American jazz legend Wynton Marsalis. A rising classical star, she was on her own in New York for the first time for a performance at Lincoln Center.
VIDEO: NICOLA BENEDETTI ON THE GLAZUNOV CONCERTO
Nicola Benedetti recently visited the studios of Classic FM, the U.K.’s most popular classical music station. She talked about the Glazunov Violin Concerto which is featured in her new Decca album release.
GLOWING CHICAGO TRIBUNE REVIEW OF MARSALIS U.S. PREMIERE
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TUNE IN FOR LIVE FACEBOOK SESSION ON JULY 11TH AT 1:45PM ET
Wynton Marsalis, Nicola Benedetti and Cristian Macelaru host a Facebook Live session from backstage at the Ravinia Festival on July 11th. Catch them while they prepare for the U.S. premiere of the Marsalis Violin Concerto …
MARSALIS AND BENEDETTI FEATURED IN CHICAGO TRIBUNE
So what is America’s most prominent and powerful jazzman doing writing a classical violin concerto? In fact, the Violin Concerto that Wynton Marsalis composed for Scottish violin virtuosa Nicola Benedetti, which will receive its American premiere with her as soloist with the Chicago Symphony …
MACELARU AND BENEDETTI EMBARK ON SUMMER FESTIVAL DATES
Cristian Macelaru and Nicola Benedetti embark on a summer filled with a robust number of festival appearances, including collaborations together at the Ravinia Festival and Hollywood Bowl for the respective U.S. and Westcoast …
NICOLA BENEDETTI’S NEW ALBUM HAILED “BEST RECORDING YET”
The Guardian’s 4-star review of Nicola Benedetti’s Decca recording of the Shostakovich/Glazunov Violin Concertos with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra proclaims that this “might just be [her] best recording yet”.
NICOLA BENEDETTI’S NEW DECCA ALBUM RELEASED TODAY
Nicola Benedetti’s new album, featuring the violin concertos of Glazunov and Shostakovich, is released today amidst key U.S. concert dates …
NICOLA BENEDETTI FEATURED ON COVER OF GRAMOPHONE
Nicola Benedetti graces the cover of Gramophone Magazine‘s July 2016 issue, currently out on stands. Journalist Charlotte Gardner writes an in-depth feature about the violinist and music ambassador …
NICOLA BENEDETTI’S 16/17 NORTH AMERICAN SEASON ANNOUNCED
Nicola Benedetti’s 2016/17 North American season highlights include U.S. premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ Violin Concerto at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival on 12 July and Westcoast premiere with Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl …
BENEDETTI RETURNS TO CANADA FOR OTTAWA AND VANCOUVER DATES
Nicola Benedetti comes to North America for performances of Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
BENEDETTI/ELSCHENBROICH PLAY BRAHMS DOUBLE WITH DE WAART
Violinist Nicola Benedetti and cellist Leonard Elschenbroich are sweeping through New Zealand this month on an 8-city tour with New Zealand Symphony and conductor Edo de Waart …
BENEDETTI TRIO HAILED “A TRIO OF TRUE STARS” BY THE TELEGRAPH
If any piano trio could achieve star status, it’s surely this one. It may have an unpronounceable name, but it has in Nicola Benedetti one of the world’s starriest young violinists. It also has in Leonard Elschenbroich a romantic cellist …
NICOLA BENEDETTI PLAYS IN BBC RADIO 3’S STUDIOS
Watch Nicola Benedetti at BBC Radio 3’s “In Tune” studios playing Liebesfreud by Fritz Kreisler with Alexei Grynyuk at the piano.
NICOLA BENEDETTI’S “FOUR SEASONS” MASTERCLASS ON FILM
The brilliant violinist led an orchestra of young British string players last month through ‘Spring’ from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”. And Classic FM filmed the whole thing. Nicola Benedetti is one of today’s finest violinists. And we were . . .
BENEDETTI/MARSALIS PREMIERE: “DAZZLING” AND “IMPRESSIVE”
The reviews are in and critics are unanimously lauding Nicola Benedetti’s performance of the Marsalis Violin Concerto as “dazzling”, “gutsy and dynamic”, “convincingly idiomatic” and “enormously impressive”. The Telegraph writes …
BENEDETTI & MARSALIS GIVE PROFESSIONAL TIPS ON CLASSIC FM
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FINANCIAL TIMES: NICOLA BENEDETTI & WYNTON MARSALIS
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BENEDETTI MAKES ISRAEL PHILHARMONIC DEBUT TODAY
Nicola Benedetti makes her debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under legendary conductor Zubin Mehta this week. She performs the Korngold Violin Concerto in her first collaboration with Maestro Mehta …
BENEDETTI PREPARES MARSALIS VIOLIN CONCERTO FOR PREMIERE
Nicola Benedetti has been busy preparing for the world premiere of the Marsalis Violin Concerto, a piece written for her by the great jazz musician and composer Wynton Marsalis. Benedetti and Marsalis had an opportunity …
WATCH VIDEO FROM NICOLA BENEDETTI’S PROMS PERFORMANCE
On August 10th, Nicola Benedetti made a triumphant BBC Proms appearance at London’s Royal Albert Hall as soloist with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in a ravishing performance of the Korngold Violin Concerto.
NICOLA NAMED BRAND AMBASSADOR FOR RAYMOND WEIL
RAYMOND WEIL, the luxury Swiss watchmaker, has announced violinist Nicola Benedetti as the Brand’s first female music ambassador.
BENEDETTI RETURNS TO BBC PROMS THIS SUMMER
As part of the BBC Proms 2015 season unveiling in London yesterday, it was announced that Nicola Benedetti will make two appearances this summer at the Proms, the world’s most famous music festival.
Nicola to premiere concerto by Wynton Marsalis
The London Symphony Orchestra has announced plans for Nicola to perform the world premiere of the Wynton Marsalis Violin Concerto in the 2015-16 season. The LSO performance will take place on November 6, 2015 …
Benedetti returns to NYC in recital on January 29th
Following her triumphant Lincoln Center debut with the New York Philharmonic in May 2014, Nicola returns to NYC on January 29, 2015 for a recital at SubCulture, the vibrant performing arts space located underground on …
BENEDETTI ELSCHENBROICH GRYNYUK TRIO
“A trio of true stars” – The Telegraph
Each acclaimed as leading soloists of their generation, violinist Nicola Benedetti, cellist Leonard Elschenbroich and pianist Alexei Grynyuk have been performing together as a trio since they met as young music students in London. While attending the Menuhin School, Benedetti and Elschenbroich played chamber music together and later met Alexei Grynyuk, who was studying at the Royal Academy of Music. They made their debut as a trio in the 2009/10 season with multiple concerts in the U.K. and at Schloss Elmau in Germany. Since then, Benedetti, Elschenbroich and Grynyuk have maintained their passionate commitment to chamber music with their regular and compelling performances at prestigious concert halls around the world.
The trio’s recent highlights include performances at the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Royal Albert Hall London, Birmingham Symphony Hall, LSO St. Luke’s, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Die Glocke Bremen, Hong Kong City Hall, two tours of South America, and an extensive tour of Scotland including concerts at Edinburgh Usher Hall and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Festival appearances include Ravinia, Gergiev, Istanbul, Cheltenham and Edinburgh International.
In 2013, at the behest of Leonard Elschebroich, composer Arlene Sierra wrote a work for the trio titled Butterflies Remember a Mountain, commissioned by the Bremen Philharmonic Society. The trio premiered the work in Bremen in November 2013 and have since then toured the work internationally in venues including Frankfurt Alte Oper, Cheltenham Town Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and London’s Cadogan Hall.
In September 2015, the trio played a sold-out BBC Proms appearance at London’s Cadogan Hall. The Arts Desk lauded the concert as “a convincing Brahms Trio performance to end the  Proms Chamber Music series…. Everything the trio did helped to reveal the complexities and demands of the work as a convincing whole. The poise and elegance of the hushed ending was remarkable.”
In the 2015-16 season, the Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk trio make multiple appearances around the United Kingdom, culminating in a February 2016 performance on the Southbank Centre’s International Chamber Music Series in London.
The 2016-17 season sees them performing in the United Kingdom, Istanbul, Copenhagen, Dortmund and in their New York debut at the 92nd Street Y. This highly anticipated New York appearance will feature a first half of duos: a sonata each by Ravel and Debussy, followed by the U.S. premiere of Mark-Anthony Turange’s Duetti d’Amore, inspired by Benedetti and Elschenbroich’s relationship both on and off stage. The trio closes the concert with Tchaikovsky’s poignant and lyrical Piano Trio in A minor.
In 2017-18, the trio commences their season with summer appearances in South America. They will perform concerts in Mexico, Lima, Colombia and Chile, marking their third tour to Latin America as a trio. In April 2018, they perform recitals in North America at Vancouver Recital Society, Charlottesville (Virginia) and at Boston’s Gardner Museum.
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. Recent highlights include the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Berlin Konzerthausorchester, WDR Cologne, Camerata Salzburg, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, La Cetra Barockorchester, Czech Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Capitole du Toulouse, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony and Melbourne Symphony. Benedetti frequently performs recitals in the world’s leading concert halls and festivals with most recent and future highlights including Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rome, Copenhagen, Dortmund, Ludwigshafen, Bielefeld and Kiel.
Aside from her work with the trio, Benedetti has also played chamber music at the Verbier Festival, Lockenhaus, Prussia Cove, Tuscan Sun Festival with Jean Yves Thibaudet, and at Tine Munch Music Festival with Truls Mørk and Leif Ove Andsnes. Winner of Best Female Artist at both 2012 and 2013 Classical BRIT Awards, Nicola records exclusively for Decca (Universal Music). The enormous success of Nicola’s most recent recording, Homecoming: A Scottish Fantasy, made Nicola the first solo British violinist since the 1990s to enter the Top 20 of the Official U.K. Albums Chart. The Silver Violin also enjoyed a similar success in reaching No. 30 in the U.K. Albums Chart, simultaneously topping the classical charts.
Leonard Elschenbroich, described by The New York Times as “a musician of great technical prowess, intellectual curiosity and expressive depth”, has established himself as one of the most charismatic cellists of his generation. His many awards include the Leonard Bernstein Award, Förderpreis Deutschlandfunk, Eugene Istomin Prize, and Borletti Buitoni Trust Award. In 2012 he was accepted onto the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme and was named as Artist-in-Residence of Deutschlandfunk for the 2014-15 season.
Elschenbroich has worked with a number of eminent conductors including Semyon Bychkov, Christoph Eschenbach, Sir Mark Elder, Charles Dutoit, Manfred Honeck, Kirill Karabits, Dmitri Kitajenko, Andrew Litton, Yan-Pascal Tortelier, Vasily Sinasiky, and Edo De Waart. As a soloist he has performed with the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, WDR Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, Dresden Staatskapelle, Swedish Radio Symphony, Basel Symphony Orchestra, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic, Japan Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Minnesota Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has made five appearances at the BBC Proms.
A committed performer of contemporary music, Elschenbroich has commissioned several new works from composers including Mark-Anthony Turnage, Luca Lombardi, Arlene Sierra and Suzanne Farrin. In May 2017, he will give the world premiere of Mark Simpson’s first Cello Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra under Juanjo Mena.
Alexei Grynyuk performs throughout the world and in recital at the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatoire, Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre in London, Salle Cortot and Salle Gaveau in Paris, Musica Sacra Festival in Netherlands, Duszniki Chopin Festival in Poland, Otono International Music Festival in Madrid, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New Yorkand other prestigious festivals and venues. He has performed concertos with the Mexico State Symphony Orchestra, Krakow Philharmonic, Odessa Philharmonic, Brighton Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra. Forthcoming engagements include a U.S. concerto tour, a Japan recital tour, a tour with National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, and solo recitals at music festivals in Europe.
Grynyuk’s recitals have been broadcast by BBC Radio 3, HessicherRundfunk, BayerischerRundfunk, KRO4 Hilversum, Radio France and Netherlands, and televised appearances on Ukrainian, Chinese and Russian channels. He commemorated Liszt’s bi-centenary at a special concert in Kiev in 2012, performing the composer’s Sonata in B Minor followed by both piano concertos. Later that year, his performance of the Sonata was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 as a part of ‘Live in Concert’ series in which he portrayed Chopin and Liszt. In 2013, Grynyuk released an all-Liszt album on the Orchid Classics label.