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26.09.2016

Violinist Nicola Benedetti joins Askonas Holt for general management

Askonas Holt is delighted to welcome acclaimed Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti to its artist roster for general management.

Nicola is a leading violinist of her generation and works with many of the world’s most renowned orchestras and conductors. On Friday 23 September Nicola opened the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2016/17 season with Principal Conductor Vladamir Jurowski. Nicola and Askonas Holt are excited to be starting working together in a season which includes debuts with Gustavo Dudamel in Venezuela and Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony and the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester. Further highlights include performances with the Israel Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Toronto Symphony amongst many others. This season will also see the continuation of the premiere performance circuit of the Wynton Marsalis Violin Concerto written for Nicola with Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C.

Nicola records exclusively for Decca (Universal Music) and her most recent recording of Shostakovich & Glazunov Violin Concertos has been met with critical acclaim. Richard Morrison of The Times maintains that, ‘This riveting performance of Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto is Nicola Benedetti’s best recording to date.’

A passionate advocate for music education and for the development of young musical talent, Nicola complements her work on the concert platform with her associations with schools, music colleges and local authorities. Nicola works closely with Sistema Scotland, is an ambassador for BBC Ten Pieces and BBC Young Musician, Vice President of the National Children’s Orchestra and was recently announced as Patron of the Music in Secondary Schools Trust (MiSST). Nicola has also developed her own outreach and education initiative entitled The Benedetti Sessions that give hundreds of aspiring young string players the opportunity to rehearse, undertake and observe masterclasses culminating in a performance alongside Nicola.

Donagh Collins, Chief Executive at Askonas Holt, commented ‘We are thrilled to welcome the amazing Nicky to our family and I’m sure this will be a wonderful partnership. I’m looking forward to playing my part in the next phase of her career.’

Nicola will be managed at Askonas Holt by Rupert Chandler. Nicola joins Askonas Holt from Emblem Artists, after the relocation of her former manager Elaine Armstrong to Australia, who will continue to represent Nicola in Australia and New Zealand as Emblem focuses its specialism on the Australasian territory.

For Nicola Benedetti’s General Management please contact:
Rupert Chandler
Senior Artist Manager
+44 20 7400 1735 Rupert.Chandler@askonasholt.co.uk
www.askonasholt.co.uk

Hannah Bishay
Assistant Artist Manager
+44 20 7400 1707 Hannah.Bishay@askonasholt.co.uk
www.askonasholt.co.uk

For further press information on Nicola Benedetti please contact:
Rebecca Driver Media Relations
Tel: 0207 247 1894 | Email: rebecca@rdmr.co.uk | emily@rdmr.co.uk
www.rdmr.co.uk

Notes to Editors
Nicola Benedetti is one of the most sought after violinists of her generation. 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.

With concerto performances at the heart of her career, Nicola is in much demand with major orchestras and conductors across the globe. Highlights of the 2016/17 season include performances with the London Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and Toronto Symphony amongst many others. This season will see the continuation of the premiere performance circuit of the Wynton Marsalis Violin Concerto written for Nicola with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C. The season additionally features two extensive tours of North America with the Venice Baroque Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra that take her from Baltimore’s Shriver Hall to Los Angeles’s Disney Concert Hall.
Winner of Best Female Artist at both 2012 and 2013 Classical BRIT Awards, Nicola records exclusively for Decca (Universal Music). Her most recent recording of Shostakovich & Glazunov Violin Concertos has been met with critical acclaim. Richard Morrison of The Times maintains that “This riveting performance of Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto is Nicola Benedetti’s best recording to date.” Her past seven recordings on Universal/Deutsche Grammophon include a varied catalogue of works from Szymanowski Concerto (London Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Harding) to Homecoming; A Scottish Fantasy, which made Nicola the first solo British violinist since the 1990s to enter the Top 20 of the Official U.K. Albums Chart. Nicola was appointed as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours, in recognition of her international music career and work with musical charities throughout the UK.
www.nicolabenedetti.co.uk