We are honoured to have the internationally acclaimed violinist Nicola Benedetti MBE as Patron of Cowbridge Music Festival. Nicola’s association with the festival began in 2011 when she gave an unforgettable recital with pianist Alexei Grynyuk at Bradenstoke Hall. The festival was then only in its second year and she praised its early success. Three years later, to mark its 5th anniversary, she kindly pledged her support and endorsement. Cowbridge Music Festival shares her aim to give children opportunities in music and to nurture young talent. The highly regarded educational work that she pioneers in her native Scotland and around the world provides an inspirational example of what can be achieved.
Nicola Benedetti is one of the most sought after violinists of her generation. Her ability to captivate audiences with her innate musicianship and dynamic presence, coupled with her wide appeal as a high profile advocate for classical music, has made her one of the most influential classical artists of today.
With concerto performances at the heart of her career, Nicola is in much demand with major orchestras and conductors across the globe. Recent and future performances include engagements with the London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra del Teatro La Fenice, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, WDR Cologne, Camerata Salzburg, Netherlands Radio Chamber, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra of Washington D.C, Dallas Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony amongst others.
Fiercely committed to music education and to developing young talent, Nicola has formed associations with education establishments including schools, music colleges and local authorities. Nicola embraces her position as a board member and teacher at Scotland’s Big Noise project by encouraging young people to take up music and work hard at it, and she continues to spread this message in school visits and masterclasses, not only in Scotland, but all around the world.
Winner of Best Female Artist at the 2013 Classical BRIT Awards, Nicola records exclusively for Decca (Universal Music). Her most recent recording, The Silver Violin, is particularly renowned for its success in reaching No. 30 in the UK pop charts simultaneously to topping the classical charts. Her past six recordings on Universal/Deutsche Grammophon include a varied catalogue of diverse repertoire from the Italian Baroque to the present day.
Nicola was recently appointed as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours in recognition of both her international music career and for her work with musical charities throughout the UK.