Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Nicola Benedetti

Join the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Nicola Benedetti for the closing concert of the Festival's Online Classical Series.
Supported by Jimmie Cairncross Charitable Trust
Available to watch until midnight on 7th June.

"Nicola’s reacquaintance with the Mendelssohn recently was the reunion of two old friends and this get-together led to a wonderful performance of a real classic. Nicola’s superb tone shone out in the middle movement but it’s the dazzling virtuosic side of her that we know and love." Garry Fraser reviews the concert.


MOZART Symphony No 33
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto

Exceptional Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti performed with the SCO at the Orchestra’s final live concerts before the lockdown in March 2020. She returns to the Orchestra to reconsider one of the masterpieces she played a year ago: Mendelssohn’s dazzling Violin Concerto. From the heartfelt melancholy of its touching first movement to the elfin mischief of its quicksilver finale, it’s a dazzling display of violinistic virtuosity – and the ideal piece to highlight Benedetti’s perceptive musicianship.

Beforehand, SCO Co-Leader Benjamin Marquise Gilmore directs Mozart’s sunny, playful Symphony No. 33, in which the composer brings all the intensity and intricacy of chamber music to the symphonic stage.

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Scottish Chamber Orchestra

The internationally celebrated Scottish Chamber Orchestra is one of Scotland’s National Performing Companies.

Formed in 1974 and core funded by the Scottish Government, the SCO aims to provide as many opportunities as possible for people to hear great music by touring the length and breadth of Scotland, appearing regularly at major national and international festivals including the Edinburgh International Festival and BBC Proms, and by touring internationally as proud ambassadors for Scottish cultural excellence.

The SCO has long-standing associations with many eminent guest conductors including Conductor Emeritus Joseph Swensen, François Leleux, Pekka Kuusisto, Richard Egarr, Andrew Manze and John Storgårds.

The Orchestra also enjoys close relationships with many leading composers and has commissioned almost 200 new works, including pieces by Associate Composer Anna Clyne, the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Sir James MacMillan, Martin Suckling, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Nico Muhly.

An exciting new chapter for the SCO began in September 2019 with the start of dynamic young conductor Maxim Emelyanychev's tenure as the Orchestra’s Principal Conductor. The SCO and Emelyanychev released their first album together (Linn Records) in November 2019. 

Nicola Benedetti

  Credit Andy Gotts

Nicola Benedetti is one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation. Her ability to captivate audiences and her wide appeal as an advocate for classical music has made her one of the most influential artists of today.

Asides from extensive touring with the world’s most exceptional orchestras and ensembles, Nicola is one of the world’s leading advocates for quality music education, the role of arts and culture in the wider community and the transformational effect it has on all young people. She has formalised her vision and commitment to the education of young people and supporting of music teachers by establishing a charitable organisation: The Benedetti Foundation.

Winner of the GRAMMY Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo in 2020, as well as Best Female Artist at both 2012 and 2013 Classical BRIT Awards, Nicola was appointed a CBE in 2019, awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music (2017), and an MBE in 2013. In addition, Nicola holds positions of Vice President (National Children’s Orchestras), Big Sister (Sistema Scotland), Patron (National Youth Orchestras of Scotland’s Junior Orchestra, Music in Secondary Schools Trust and Junior Conservatoire at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). Nicola is also the only instrumentalist to have performed twice at the Last Night of the Proms.

Nicola plays the Gariel Stradivarius (1717), courtesy of Jonathan Moulds.