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World Renown Violinist and Lutenist Perform for MSA Community


KKW_8042kOur students and faculty were honored to host violinist Nicola Benedetti and lutenist Ivano Zanenghi and have them play several classical Baroque pieces and answer questions this past Wednesday. Ms. Benedetti is one of the most sought after violinists of her generation. Her ability to captivate audiences with her innate musicianship and dynamic presence, coupled with her wide appeal as a high profile advocate for classical music, has made her one of the most influential classical artists of today.

Nicola Benedetti was born in West Kilbride, North Ayrshire, Scotland. She started learning to play the violin at the age of four. At age eight, she became the leader of the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain. By the age of nine, she had already passed the eight grades of musical examinations and began to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School of young musicians in Surrey, England.

At the age of 16, she won the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in May 2004, performing at Usher Hall in Edinburgh, with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

She has since recorded and toured extensively, performing solo and with others.

Ivano Zanenghi is world-renown lutenist and a professor of baroque lute and basso continuo at Venice’s School of Music, He is a founding member of the Venice Baroque Orchestra.

Mr.  Zanenghi was born in Venice, where he studied music from an early age. As a professional musician, Zanenghi has performed in most of the major concert halls of the world, including Royal Albert Hall in London; Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York, Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles.

He has collaborated with many of the world’s great musicians and conductors, and he has recorded many works for leading classical music record labels.

KKW_8002kSince 2005 he began working with the European youth project to bring the joys of classical music to young audiences.

The mini concert was opened with a piece played by one of our own students, Brian Wang. Ms. Benedetti and Mr. Zanenghi then played three pieces by composer Antonio Vivaldi. They then spoke about Vivaldi and took questions from the audience. It was a delightful, beautiful way to spend an hour; listening to live classical music performed by masters.

We would like to thank Mr. Peter Hufnagel for arranging this lovely and educational winter diversion. The concert was made possible by the Tuesday Evening Concert Series and TECS’s Executive Director, Karen Pellòn. You can view a performance by Ms. Benedetti here, and read about here violin here. As well, view more photos from her performance at MSA here.





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