News Release: Arts and Humanities, Events

Feb. 8,  2011

Innovative Violinist Nicola Benedetti at Schwartz Center, Feb. 25

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The innovative and award-winning violinist Nicola Benedetti performs Fri., Feb. 25, 8 p.m., at Emory’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Joining Benedetti will be Pei-Yao Wang on the piano. The program features “From Ayrshire” by contemporary composer James MacMillan, as well as works by Sergey Prokofiev, Ernest Chausson and Richard Strauss.

Benedetti has captivated audiences and critics with her dynamic and energetic performances. Hilary Finch recently wrote in The Times, “it was thrilling to hear and watch Nicola Benedetti in a truly risk-taking performance that lived so much in the body and fused the sinews of the violin and the nerve-system of the player.”

Often focusing on lesser known repertoire and new music, Benedetti is known as one of the UK’s most creative young violinists. She has recorded newly commissioned works by John Tavener and James MacMillan, has worked on jazz-influenced repertoire with Wynton Marsalis and others, and has explored authentic baroque performance.  In recent seasons, Benedetti performed with major symphony orchestras in Europe, North America and Asia. Winner of the Classical BRIT Award for Young British Classic Performer in 2008, Benedetti has released four CDs, the most recent featuring works by Sarasate, Fauré, Rachmaninov, Pärt, and Ravel.

Pianist Pei-Yao Wang has established herself as a prominent soloist and chamber musician, touring and performing around the world. She made her official orchestral debut with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra at age eight and has since performed as soloist with the Stamford Symphony, Orlando Symphony, and the Taipei Philharmonic. She often plays with other distinguished artists such as Claude Frank, Hilary Hahn and Mitsuko Uchida.

For concert details and tickets, visit or call the Emory Arts box office at 404.727.5050.


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