Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti ‘honoured’ to win Grammy
Violinist Nicola Benedetti has said she feels “honoured” to have won a Grammy Award and performed live at the prestigious music ceremony.
The Scottish musician received the Best Classical Instrumental Solo award for her performance of Marsalis: Violin Concerto; Fiddle Dance Suite, and took to the stage in Los Angeles on Sunday night to perform.
Playing Bye Bye Breakdown by Wynton Marsalis, she played to a crowd featuring some of the biggest names in the music industry, including fellow winners Billie Eilish, who took home five awards including best new artist and song of the year, and Lizzo, who scooped three prizes including best pop solo performance.
Ms Benedetti, whose The Decca Classics album features recording of two works written specially for her by Marsalis, said: “I am so honoured to have won a Grammy for Best Classical Instrumental Solo and to have performed at the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony.
“This recording project has been a deeply edifying experience for me and one I will always reflect on with immense gratitude.
“It has been a privilege to learn and perform these two inspired and unequivocal masterpieces, and to deepen my understanding of Wynton’s compositional language, cultural richness and philosophical insights.
“Long-form musical pieces are often described as a journey and this sure has been a rich and fascinating one.”