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Nicola Benedetti solos after dark in St. Paul's Cathedral / CNN VR

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Violinist 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. Nicola begins the 1516 season by embarking on a tour of the UK and Dublin's leading concert halls performing a personally curated programme together with a specially formed ensemble. The programme features Vivaldi's Four Seasons and the World Premiere of a work by Mark-Anthony Turnage written for Benedetti and cellist Leonard Elschenbroich. The commissioning of new works continues with the World Premiere of Wynton Marsalis' Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra written especially for Nicola.

Other concerto performances include engagements with the Israel Philharmonic, Verdi Orchestra Milano, RSO Stuttgart, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Tasmania Symphony Orchestra. This season will also see Nicola continuing her passion for music of the Italian Baroque and historical performance realised in collaborations with Andrea Marcon with the Manchester Camerata and WDR Cologne.

Benedetti had the rare opportunity to play a solo at St. Paul's Cathedral in London - after dark. WATCH THE CNN VR VIDEO