Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti has received an MBE for Services to Music and Charity in the Queen’s 2013 New Year Honours list.
Benedetti said, “I am deeply honoured to receive an MBE. This has come as a real surprise to me and I am humbled. I hope this honour can help me continue to draw attention to the importance of classical music and the arts in British society.”
This honour caps a remarkable year for Nicola who was named Classic BRIT Female Artist of the Year, her The Silver Violin was the bestselling UK classical album - and made Nicola the bestselling British soloist since Nigel Kennedy's 1991 The Four Seasons, headlined the BBC Last Night of the Proms and performed in front of the Queen at the Royal Variety Show.
In addition to being honoured as a violinist, Nicola was named due to her dedication to music charities. Since 2005, she has visited schools throughout the United Kingdom in conjunction with the CLIC Sargent Practice-a-thon, through which she encourages pupils of all ages to pick up their instruments and enjoy classical music. In 2010, she became involved in El Sistema Scotland’s Big Noise project, a music initiative partnered with Venezuela’s El Sistema (Fundación Musical Simón Bolívar). As a Board Member and the programme’s official musical “Big Sister”, Nicola makes regular visits to Raploch, Scotland to conduct masterclasses and work closely with the children.
Photo Credit: Decca / Simon Fowler
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