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Nicola Benedetti

Honorary graduand for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Nicola Benedetti is one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation. Her musicianship, spectacular performances, and role as a leading advocate for classical music, have made her one of today's most influential classical artists.

Nicola began to realise her prodigious talent by leading the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain at the age of eight, and going on to become the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year, aged 17, and being named the youngest recipient of the Queen’s Medal for Music, at 29. 

She has produced multiple albums during a successful recording career, including her debut studio album, Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No. 1. This year she won a Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo, when she also gave the first classical solo violin appearance at the LA ceremony in over ten years. Other accolades include being named Best Female Artist at the 2012 and 2013 Classical Brit Awards. Nicola was appointed a CBE in 2019 and MBE in 2013.

Nicola has toured extensively with the world's most exceptional orchestras and ensembles, including the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. Away from performing, she has become one of the leading advocates for quality music education. 

Nicola has expanded her commitment to the education of young people and support of music teachers by establishing her charitable organisation, The Benedetti Foundation, which has worked with over 4,000 students and 700 teachers. The Foundation regularly hosts workshops across the UK, with the aim of extending the reach of classical music and inspiring the next generation of musicians.

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