A prized public performance of Brahms Violin Concerto in Bath
Critically applauded throughout the world, Nicola Benedetti gives one of her first public performances of the Brahms Violin Concerto, one of the greatest masterpieces in the violin literature at The Forum, Bath, on Thursday, September 27.
In addition, for the first time in its history, the Bath Philharmonia performs a Sibelius Symphony, the stupendous second, with all of its nationalistic fervour.
Violinist Nicola Benedetti has captivated audiences and critics alike with her musicality and poise. Hilary Finch wrote in The Times: "It was thrilling to hear and watch Nicola Benedetti in a truly risk-taking performance that lived so much in the body and fused the sinews of the violin and the nerve-system of the player."
This sums up Nicola's ability to communicate and enthral audiences with dynamic and energy-filled performances.
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Nicola's 2011-12 season was framed by two performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, the first at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest and the second under the baton of Maestro Valery Gergiev at the Edinburgh International Festival.
Nicola also completes her season with three appearances at the BBC Proms, the final of which is at the last night.
The Winner of the Classical BRIT Award for Young British Classic Performer in 2008, Nicola has previously released five CDs with Universal/Deutsche Grammophon, the latest of which featured Tchaikovsky and Bruch concerti with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Jakub Hrusa. Nicola's debut album included Szymanowski, Saint-Saëns, Massenet and Brahms with the London Symphony Orchestra, followed by a second release featuring works by Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schubert and Macmillan with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
Nicola's third album, recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, was comprised of newly commissioned works by Tavener as well as Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending.
Her fourth disc featured works by Sarasate, Fauré, Rachmaninov, Pärt and Ravel.
Born in Scotland of Italian heritage, Nicola began violin lessons at the age of five.
In 1997, she entered the Yehudi Menuhin School, where she studied with Natasha Boyarskaya. After leaving the Yehudi Menuhin School, she continued her studies with Maciej Rakowski and then Pavel Vernikov, and continues to work with multiple acclaimed teachers and performers.
Nicola plays the Gariel Stradivarius (c. 1717), courtesy of Jonathan Moulds.
The Philharmonia will open the concert with the jubilant Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin, a spectacular showpiece for the orchestra, and finish the evening with the second symphony, the most popular and most frequently recorded of Sibelius's symphonies.
The entire piece, and especially the majestic finale, exudes heartfelt nationalism, and has been closely identified with Finland's long struggle for independence since its first performance.
The Forum concert starts at 7.30pm.
Tickets cost £28, £24, £16 and £10 with half-price tickets for under 18s.
For further information and tickets call the Bath Box Office 01225 463362