Classical violin player, Nicola Bendetti, has been appointed vice president of the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain.
Bendetti’s connection to the organisation stretches back to her formative years as a young musician, having become leader of the NCO at just eight years old. In 1997, she entered the Yehudi Menuhin School, where she studied with Natasha Boyarskaya. Then, in May 2004, at the age of 16, she won the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. She was later appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to music and charity in 2013.
Commenting on her excitement at becoming vice president of the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain, Bendetti said:
“I am profoundly honoured to become a vice president of the NCO because it’s an organization, which I hold really close to my heart. My time with the NCO was such an influential and formative experience. At the age of eight I was learning the value and importance of collaboration with other musicians as well as gaining an insight into the world of orchestral playing. Experiencing the huge orchestral sound gave me confidence in my own playing and a new level of excitement about classical music and the experience of performing it, and knowing that the NCO continues to do that for other young musicians year after year is truly exciting!”
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