image 22.03.2017

Review: ***** RSNO, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota, Florida

AS she introduced Scotland’s national orchestra from the stage of the remarkable purple beach-side concert hall designed by the atelier of superstar American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, President of the Sarasota Concert Association Joy McIntyre launched her organisation’s appeal to subscribers for next year’s season of concerts with a reference her own ancestral heritage. Her […]


SH8A8982 20.03.2017

Review: Palm Beach Daily News/ RSNO/Oundjian

Back again for a matinee performance, The Royal Scottish National Orchestrabrought an outstanding performance of Debussy, Bruch, and Beethoven Wednesday to the Kravis Center. The concert opened with Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune(Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun). It was a beautiful rendition of this symphonic poem, with the most delicate moments […]




Feature: Nicola Benedetti’s Coming of Age The Economist 1843 By Clemency Burton-Hill March 2017 Issue Nicola Benedetti exploded onto the British classical music scene in 2004 after she won the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, aged 16, with a blistering performance of Karol Szymanowski’s fiendish first violin concerto. Since then she’s been Female […]


image 19.01.2017

Music review:The Herald Scotland/ Scottish Chamber Orchestra/ Beethoven VC Usher Hall

  Miranda Heggie Four Stars With an all Beethoven programme, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with soloist Nicola Benedetti gave a balanced and insightful performance of three of the composer’s works on Thursday evening. Opening with Leonore Overture No 1, one of no less than four possible overtures penned by the composer for his only opera, […]



Review: CBSO/Tchaikovsky / Omer Meir Wellber

***** Benedetti brings a sensational Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto to Birmingham Initially I had thought the marketing for this concert to be rather overdone. The prospect of the excellent City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra playing Richard Strauss’s awe-inspiring and monumental Ein Heldenleben was barely visible in the small print. Benedetti’s countenance graced the advertising, the programme […]


p04ch887 27.10.2016

Review: The Washington Post Music NSO offers exuberant Marsalis concerto

By Anne Midgette October 27, 2016 Wynton Marsalis, the jazz artist, has made repeated forays into art-music composition — writing, that is, notated music for large ensembles, like “Blood on the Fields,” a jazz oratorio that won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize. In the last year he’s had a couple of significant orchestral performances in the […]