Captivating audiences and critics worldwide with her musicality and poise, Nicola Benedetti’s 2011/12 season includes début with the London Symphony, Netherlands Radio, San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony and Hallé orchestras. She also performs with London Philharmonic under Christoph Eschenbach and the New York Philharmonic in Central Park under Alan Gilbert. Other highlights include recitals at LSO St Luke’s and the Wigmore Hall, début at Concertgebouw, a multi-city UK tour with the Royal Philharmonic, her Chicago Symphony début at Ravinia and a South America tour.
Nicola has performed with the Philharmonia, Royal Scottish National, City of Birmingham Symphony, the Deutsches Symphonie, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra and Japan Philharmonic, as well as the Dallas, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Toronto symphony orchestras. She has collaborated with conductors such as Ashkenazy, Denève, Litton, Marriner, Järvi, Pletnev, Runnicles and van Zweden.
Nicola’s desire to perform a broad variety of repertoire is seen through her recording of newly commissioned works by Tavener and Macmillan, her work on jazz-influenced repertoire, and exploration of authentic baroque performance, which culminated in her Decca Classics album Italia.
Since 2005, she has visited schools throughout the UK in conjunction with the CLIC Sargent Practice-a-thon. In 2010, she became involved in Sistema Scotland’s Big Noise project, a music initiative partnered with Venezuela’s El Sistema. As a Board Member and the programme’s ‘Big Sister’, Nicola regularly conducts master-classes and work closely with the children in Scotland, in addition to master-classes in South America during her visit in 2011.
Winner of the Classical BRIT Award for Young Performer in 2008, Nicola has released five CDs with Universal/Deutsche Grammophon, the latest of which featured Tchaikovsky and Bruch concerti. Other albums included recordings with London Symphony, St Martin in the Fields, London Philharmonic, as well as a fourth disc that featured works by Sarasate, Fauré, Rachmaninov, Pärt and Ravel.