Edinburgh Worldwide Pageant Appoints New Director


Nicola Benedetti will instantly tackle the position of Director Designate of the Edinburgh Worldwide Pageant and can develop into Pageant Director on October 1, 2022.

She succeeds Fergus Linehan, who held the position for eight years was final 12 months awarded the Edinburgh Award for his contribution to the humanities and town’s cultural heritage.

“I’m deeply honoured to contribute to the lengthy and wealthy historical past of the Edinburgh Worldwide Pageant and the cultural panorama of Scotland,” Benedetti mentioned. “This pageant was based on rules of reconciliation and the beliefs of artwork transcending political and cultural fracture. Following within the footsteps of the great achievements of Fergus Linehan and his predecessors, I’ll uphold these values and tremendously look ahead to serving this pageant, its mission of cultural exchanges, and the individuals of Scotland.”

A graduate of the Yehudi Menuhin Faculty, the place she studied with Lord Menuhin and Natasha Boyarskaya, Benedetti gained the BBC Younger Musician of the 12 months award when she was simply 16 years outdated.

Benedetti commonly champions the commissioning of recent works, together with the latest violin concertos by Mark Simpson and Wynton Marsalis — the latter of which gained a GRAMMY in 2020.  She was given the Queen’s Medal for Music in 2017, because the youngest ever recipient, and has obtained 9 honorary levels to this point.

Her instructional group, the Benedetti Basis, offers a large number of on-line assets, stay occasions, and academic supplies to advertise classical music.

“It’s such a pleasure to welcome Nicola Benedetti as each the primary girl and the primary Scottish director of the Edinburgh Worldwide Pageant,”  mentioned Keith Skeoch, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Edinburgh Worldwide Pageant. “In some ways she displays the spirit of this pageant; internationally recognised and revered however Scottish to her core, she’s devoted to advocating world-class music making and innovating new methods to deliver it to audiences.”

Established in 1947 as a cultural occasion to deliver collectively audiences and artists, the Edinburgh Worldwide Pageant transforms Scotland’s capital for 3 weeks right into a celebration of the performing arts.


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