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Profile: Nicola Benedetti

29/04/2019

Nicola Benedetti is one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation. She is a vibrant young lady with an outstanding talent. Major orchestras and conductors all over the world are queuing up for her to play with them. She has an encouraging message for musicians and especially music teachers in the Music in Portsmouth catchment area.

“Launched at the beginning of this year, my Benedetti Foundation aims to work with young people on building discipline, concentration and perseverance through music making and collective activity,” says Nicola.

“Teaching music well is an enormous responsibility and hugely challenging. I am passionate about promoting music education practices which encourage both musical and civic betterment” she commented.

Nicola Benedetti’s brand-new online series of educational videos intends to provide information, guidance and support for young musicians throughout their musical and personal development. Without doubt, they are 2019’s “must have” for aspiring violinists.

Because her friends refer to her as Nicky, the initiative is called “With Nicky”. The videos mark the beginning of a long-term project which will undoubtedly be a useful resource and friendly support to amateur musicians both young and old.

They start with such vital basics such as how to stand relaxed and comfortable before you even pick up the violin. She explains how to hold the bow and, as the series goes on, she demonstrates more tricky stuff like developing a beautiful tone and using vibrato.

Nicky also stresses how important it is to use your ears as you play – it seems obvious but it is something that has to be cultivated.

Nicola Benedetti grew up in West Kilbride. She began learning the violin at the age of four. Realising she was gifted, her hard-working parents sent her to the independent Wellington School in Ayr. By the time she was nine she’d passed grade eight. At ten she was off to the Yehudi Menuhin School where she was taught by the maestro himself. Only aged eighteen she’d won the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition.

Since then Nicola has played at top venues at home and abroad either as a soloist with orchestras or in a trio with the German cellist Leonard Eischenbroich and the Russian pianist Alexei Grynyuk.

Nicola was awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music in 2017 and appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2019 in recognition of her services to music.

For more information please visit www.nicolabenedetti.co.uk or go the Nicola’s official YouTube page www.youtube.com/NicolaBenedettiOfficial. You won’t be disappointed.

Image credit (c) Andy Gotts, used with permission

Author: Stuart Reed
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