Scottish star Nicola Benedetti, one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation, returns to MSO to take up the challenge of Elgar’s superb concerto, under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis.
MSO’s 2020 Soloist in Residence, violin sensation Nicola Benedetti was named BBC
Young Performer of the Year in 2004, aged just 16. She studied at the
renowned Menuhin school in Surrey and still a teenager, signed a £1
million recording contract. Now one of Britain’s most successful
violinists, here Benedetti plays Elgar’s Violin Concerto, one of the
most adored pieces of music in the British canon.
No English composer before Elgar had produced a widely successful
violin concerto, and the work stands as one of the composer’s greatest
achievements. It has none of the patriotic bluster of his most famous
works, the piece is haunting and enigmatic rather than pompous. Rather
than the stiff upper lip, this concerto is an unashamed outpouring of
Under the guidance of MSO Conductor
Laureate Sir Andrew Davis, this spectacular merging of Australian and
British music opens with the world premiere of a new work by MSO Composer in Residence Deborah Cheetham AO, herYirramboi (Tomorrow).