In Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year, it seems fitting that the Philharmonia’s long-awaited return to the Royal Festival Hall should feature an all-Beethoven concert. It’s fitting, too, that Pablo Heras-Casado has chosen Beethoven’s Second Symphony. In despair at his increasing deafness, Beethoven somehow found the inner strength and creativity to write some of his most joyful music, bursting with optimism and vitality, and one of the most tender and serene slow movements of his career.
Beethoven’s only Violin Concerto, composed a few years later, grabs our attention with five pianissimo kettledrum strokes, and doesn’t let it go. The violin, never showy, sings expressively through the first movement, seems to dream its way through the second, and skips and dances through the ebullient third. Nicola Benedetti is one of today’s foremost exponents of this enchanting masterpiece.
Please note: All live stream events are subject to change. Not all events listed are live performances by the artist - they also include archived concerts, DJ sets, masterclasses, Q&As and more.
Talented Scottish violinist of Italian descent. By the age of nine, she had already passed the eight grades of musical examinations. In 2004 she came to prominence as the winner of the BBC Young Musician Of The Year Competition and has since gone on to win the 2008 Classical BRIT Award for Young British Classical Performer. Nicola made her BBC Proms debut in August 2010. Nicola's album Homecoming entered the top 20 pop charts, an unprecedented achievement for a classical violinist. '... a risk-taking performer...' (The Times).
See Nicola Benedetti tour dates