2016 heralds another busy concert calendar for Nicola Benedetti featuring more significant dates with leading orchestras and conductors across the globe.
The year commences with performances of Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No.1 together with the RSO Stuttgart and their Chief Conductor Stephane Deneve. This point of the season sees Nicola further develop her love of Szymanowski as she performs the 2nd Violin Concerto with the City of Birmingham Symphony and Lahav Shani at both Symphony and Saffron Halls.
In February, Nicola embarks on a recital tour of Europe’s leading concert halls with duo partner Alexei Grynyuk. Dates include performances at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, London’s Wigmore Hall, Copenhagen, Utrecht, Dortmund, Kiel, Bielefeld and Rome. Cellist Leonard Elschenbroich joins Nicola and Alexei as the Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio look forward to their debut as part of London’s International Chamber Music Series.
Nicola returns home in March for concerts with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to perform Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No.2 with Music Director Peter Oundjian. Nicola and cello partner Leonard Elschenbroich then journey further afield in April as they jet Down Under for performances of Brahms’ Double Concerto. Their first stop will be with the Tasmanian Symphony with Chief Conductor Marko Letonja and then on to a national tour with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and their new Music Director Edo de Waart, which is significantly his first engagement of the NZSO’s season.
Not forgetting Nicola’s affinity with Vivaldi, she returns back to Scotland to perform the Four Seasons with the Scottish Ensemble in Edinburgh, Aix en Provence and Istanbul. Performances of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.5 take Nicola to Canada with NAC Ottawa and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and then on to Germany with the WDR Cologne together with Nicola’s close collaborator Andrea Marcon.
The 1516 concert season draws to a close with Szymanowski Violin Concerto No. 2 and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and their Principal Thomas Sondergaard.
The summer season sees Nicola returning to the Cheltenham International Music Festival in both concerto and chamber concerts plus she will undertake another Benedetti Sessions following the enormous success of 2014.
Nicola then takes the violin concerto written for her by Wynton Marsalis (premiered in November 2015 by the London Symphony) to the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony and then on to the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Philharmonic both under the baton of Cristian Maceleru.
The 1617 season promises to be another busy and exciting season so please stay tuned for news hot off the press in due course! But in the meantime, there are many miles and many notes on the violin to be covered and Nicola looks forward to sharing her adventures with you.