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Nicola Benedetti on her collaboration with Wynton Marsalis / WFMT: Chicago

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Classical music, jazz, Celtic folksongs, and funk - these genres make up just a few of the words in Wynton Marsalis' musical language. The Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer has explored a range of repertoire throughout his career. Marsalis' curiosity inspired violinist Nicola Benedetti, and in turn, her dream of premiering a new concerto. 

Benedetti and Marsalis' collaboration is highlighted in a Decca Classics album that is now nominated for two Grammy Awards: Best Composition and Best Solo Instrumental Performance. Recorded with Christian Măcelaru and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Benedetti presents Marsalis' Violin Concerto in D Major, a work that she says is a "path of discovery." Benedetti also performs Marsalis' Fiddle Dance Suite for solo violin on the album, which was previously featured on WFMT's New Releases. 

In a recent interview with WFMT: Chicago, Benedetti discusses the process of preparing for a new concerto, discovering Marsalis' vast musical influences, and her best advice for young artists.     READ THE Q&A         (Photo: Jake Turney)