Wynton Marsalis and Nicola Benedetti in a documentary titled “The Making of a Concerto” (Photo credit: Swan Films)
Take a look at the fascinating behind-the-scenes process behind the creation of Wynton Marsalis’ Violin Concerto, written for our very own Nicola Benedetti, in this documentary! Entitled “Nicola and Wynton: The Making of a Concerto”, the film aired throughout Great Britain in Fall 2016 on BBC Four.
The film follows the American jazz legend and Scottish violinist as they embark on a journey that culminates in the creation and performance of a violin concerto written by Marsalis especially for Benedetti. The composition, which draws inspiration from the violin concerto’s first formation in the Baroque era to the 21st century and African-American spiritual music, explores Nicola and Wynton’s own musical heritage in Scottish folk and American jazz music respectively.
The film follows the two artists during the process of composition, rehearsals and performance, from the pair batting ideas and drafts back and forth across the Atlantic to rehearsals together in the U.K. and States, and the world premiere of the violin concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican.
Our conductor Cristian Macelaru is also featured in the documentary, alongside Wynton and Nicola, in the Concerto’s 2015 preview performance with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra at Chautauqua Institution.