Nicola Benedetti
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The Edinburgh International Festival has announced that violinist Nicola Benedetti becomes the Director Designate of the Edinburgh International Festival, and will become Festival Director on 1 October 2022.

Born in the Scottish town of Irvine, of Italian heritage, Nicola Benedetti began violin lessons at the age of four, studied at Yehudi Menuhin School and has since made a great international career.

In December 2020, she formed the Benedetti Baroque Orchestra. She formalized her commitment to music education in 2019 when she established The Benedetti Foundation. Since its launch, the Foundation has worked with over 29,000 participants, aged 2 to 92, from 103 countries through its in-person workshops and online sessions for young people, students, teachers and adults.


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