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Nicola Benedetti

Biography

Born: 1987; West Kilbride, Ayrshire, Scotland  
The Italian-Scots violinist Nicola Benedetti followed in a long line of British Isles teenagers hailed as revitalizers of classical music. In advance of making any recordings whatsoever, she was signed to a six-album contract by the Universal label in January 2005 and assigned to its prestigious Deutsche Grammophon imprint, with a paycheck reportedly in excess of one million pounds (over $1,880,000). Her fashion-model looks fit the pattern. Read more Benedetti diverged from predecessors like Vanessa-Mae and singer Charlotte Church, however, in that she stuck to traditional classical repertory and did not try to cross over into the pop world.

Born in 1987 in West Kilbride, Ayrshire, Scotland, Benedetti was the daughter of a prosperous Italian-born manufacturer of plastic cases for first-aid kits. When she was four, she tagged along with her eight-year-old sister Stephanie to a violin lesson and then took up the instrument herself; the two sisters remained close confidantes, and Stephanie has been active as an orchestral musician. Nicola attended the Yehudi Menuhin School in England's Surrey region, an institution whose music programs have recently produced Nigel Kennedy and other top-flight players. She gave performances at several top British concert halls, later moving to London to study with violinist Maciej Rakowski. When Benedetti was 14, she won a Prodigy of the Year contest on England's Carlton Television network. A hint of her potential crossover appeal came when she drew a crowd of 10,000 at the rock-oriented Glastonbury Festival's "classical extravaganza" in the summer of 2003. She told London's Independent newspaper, however, that "I have not ruled out different types of music but I was trained as a classical musician. I don't want to compromise what I do and what I love." At another stratum of British journalism, she told the Mirror that "I'm not really into clubbing and I've never smoked or drunk much -- and I won't wear anything tarty."

Benedetti took a big step toward mainstream classical stardom when she won the BBC's Young Musician of the Year award in May 2004, performing Szymanowski's virtuoso concerto and becoming the first Scot to take home the BBC prize. Over that summer she was featured on the cover of BBC Music, and she appeared with the Scottish Symphony and other top groups. With money and publicity coming her way, she was in a position to make the most of her talents. The Times of London forecast a promising future for the youngster, noting that "her poised handling of the whirlwind of fame and honeyed blandishments that came her way last year suggests that her youthful passion in performance is balanced offstage by a healthy streak of that quintessential Scottish trait -- prudence." Read less
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  • 1.
    Essential Tavener
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001996302 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Tavener
    Performer:  Andrew Rupp,  Ian Le Grice,  Natalie Clein,  Robert Millett  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Layton,  Andrew Litton,  Mikel Toms
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst Singers,  Temple Church Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Amore / Joseph Calleja
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001921802 Release Date: 10/15/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Paolo Tosti,  Consuelo Velazquez,  Francesco Sartori,  Lucio Dalla  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Calleja,  Ksenija Sidorova,  Nicola Benedetti,  Charles Mutter
    Conductor:  Steven Mercurio
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
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  • 3.
    The Violin / Nicola Benedetti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001912002 Release Date: 09/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Johannes Brahms,  Arvo Pärt  ... 
    Performer:  Nicola Benedetti,  Thomas Carroll,  Tamás András,  Ksenija Sidorova  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton,  Jakub Hrusa,  Daniel Harding,  Kirill Karabits
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    The Silver Violin / Nicola Benedetti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001760902 Release Date: 02/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Gustav Mahler,  John T. Williams,  Howard Shore  ... 
    Performer:  Nicola Benedetti,  Alexei Grynyuk,  Leonard Elschenbroich,  Tom Dunn  ... 
    Conductor:  Kirill Karabits
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
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  • 5.
    Serenity: The Beauty Of Arvo Part
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001730902 Release Date: 08/21/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt
    Performer:  Adele Anthony,  Gil Shaham,  Gidon Kremer,  Naoko Yoshino  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers,  Neeme Järvi,  Nigel Short,  Antony Pitts  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Concerto: One Night In Central Park / Andrea Bocelli [DVD]
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 001610309 Release Date: 05/22/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Franz Schubert,  Umberto Giordano,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Ana Maria Martinez,  Bryn Terfel,  Pretty Yende  ... 
    Conductor:  Alan Gilbert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 7.
    Italia / Nicola Benedetti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001641202 Release Date: 01/24/2012  
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Francesco Maria Veracini
    Performer:  Nicola Benedetti,  Thomas Dunford,  Catherine Rimer,  Christian Curnyn
    Conductor:  Christian Curnyn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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    Concerto: One Night In Central Park / Andrea Bocelli
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 001597702 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Franz Schubert,  Umberto Giordano,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Ana Maria Martinez,  Bryn Terfel,  Pretty Yende  ... 
    Conductor:  Alan Gilbert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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    Concerto: One Night In Central Park / Andrea Bocelli [CD & DVD]
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 001610000 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Franz Schubert,  Umberto Giordano,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Ana Maria Martinez,  Bryn Terfel,  Pretty Yende  ... 
    Conductor:  Alan Gilbert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 10.
    Tchaikovsky, Bruch: Violin Concertos / Benedetti, Hrusa, Czech Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001527102 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Nicola Benedetti
    Conductor:  Jakub Hrusa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 11.
    O Thou Transcendent - The Life Of Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Label: Tony Palmer Films   Catalog: 1367 Release Date: 05/05/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Nicola Benedetti
    Conductor:  Sian Edwards,  Tamás Vásáry,  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain,  Hungarian Radio Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 12.
    Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending; Tavener / Benedetti, Litton
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001083002 Release Date: 09/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Tavener,  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Nicola Benedetti
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Mendelssohn, Mozart, Etc / Benedetti, Macmillan, Asmf
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000768202 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn,  James MacMillan
    Performer:  Nicola Benedetti,  Skaila Kanga
    Conductor:  Nicola Benedetti,  James MacMillan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Szymanowski, Chausson... / Nicola Benedetti
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000615402 Release Date: 04/04/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Tavener,  Johannes Brahms,  Jules Massenet,  Ernest Chausson  ... 
    Performer:  Nicola Benedetti
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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