The Schubert Club is honored to announce Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti as its first ever “Featured Artist”, giving us an opportunity to develop a deeper relationship with an artist or ensemble over the course of a season. Nicola will come to Saint Paul twice during the 2018-2019 season. She will perform as part of Schubert Club Mix in October 2018 and a pair of recitals in the International Artist Series in January 2019.
In addition to these performances, Nicola will spend time in the Twin Cities meeting and working with children in various community settings, something she has a strong passion for.
She is one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation and performs on the Gariel Stradivarius (1717). 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. Born in Scotland of Italian heritage, Nicola began violin lessons at the age of five. She has since gone on to collect many awards and titles including “Best Female Artist” at both the 2012 and 2013 Classical BRIT Awards and the Queen’s Medal for Music in 2017, the youngest ever recipient. In addition to her busy orchestra and recital schedule, Benedetti is fiercely committed to music education and has her own education initiative called “The Benedetti Sessions” that give young string players the opportunity to rehearse, undertake and observe masterclasses culminating in a performance alongside Nicola.
Schubert Club Mix: Nicola Benedetti, violin & Alexei Grynyuk, piano
Tuesday, October 2, 7:30pm
Aria, 105 N 1st St, Minneapolis
This Schubert Club Mix performance will explore Brahms’s music and life story through the lens of the violin sonatas.
International Artist Series: Nicola Benedetti, violin & Alexei Grynyuk, piano
For Benedetti’s International Artist Series debut in the Ordway Concert Hall, she will give the U.S. premiere of a new work for solo violin written for her by Wynton Marsalis and will be joined for the rest of the program by her regular duo partner, pianist Alexei Grynyuk.