Combining the traditions of classicaland Scottish folk music, violinist Nicola Benedetti presents music from her native Scotland with the new album Homecoming: A Scottish Fantasy, available August 12, 2014 on Decca/Universal Music Classics. At the heart of the album is Bruch's much loved Scottish Fantasy, performed with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. The album also includes some of Scotland's best loved songs such as Loch Lomond, My Love is Like a Red Red Rose and features collaborations with leading Scottish folk musicians Phil Cunningham, Aly Bain and well-known folk singer Julie Fowlis (whose voice can be heard on the Disney/Pixar hit film, Brave).
Homecoming has already broken records internationally, reaching the Top 20 Pop Charts in the UK, making Benedetti the first British solo violinist in nearly two decades to do so as well as the first ever Scottish classical artist to enter the Top 20. The album has also simultaneously soared to #1 in the UK Classical and iTunes Charts.
Nicola exclaims, "I am absolutely thrilled to have reached the [UK] top 20 with Homecoming: A Scottish Fantasy, not something a classical artist ever expects. This is a deeply personal recording - inspired by Bruch's Scottish Fantasy the project took me deep into the heart of Scottish culture. I am hugely grateful to each and every person for buying it and I hope the music, in all its diversity, is providing some uplift and pleasure."
Benedetti was most recently seen performing at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this past July and made her New York Philharmonic debut this past May to glowing reviews, "Ms. Benedetti's sound in the stratosphere of her register is almost improbably pure and gleaming; at times it resembled the supernatural song of a theremin… Ms. Benedetti's violin soared with luminous grace." (New York Times)
Winner of Best Female Artist at the 2012 and 2013 Classical BRIT Awards, Benedetti is in much demand with major orchestras and conductors across the globe, having performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony Orchestraof D.C., Dallas Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Melbourne Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic amongst many others. Benedetti is also actively involved as a ‘Big Sister' for the Big Noise project; Scotland's thriving equivalent of Venezuela's El Sistema youth music program promoting music education in schools. In addition, Nicola recently developed her own education and outreach initiative entitled The Benedetti Sessions. Led in March 2013 at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall, these sessions gave hundreds of aspiring young string players the opportunity to rehearse, undertake and observe master classes culminating in a performance alongside Nicola.