Nicola Benedetti awarded CBE for services to music

The Scots violinist had the award bestowed upon her by Prince Charles on Thursday.

Nicola Benedetti has been awarded a CBE for Services to Music at Buckingham Palace.

The violinist, from West Kilbride, North Ayrshire, collected her award on Thursday morning in London, with Prince Charles bestowing the honour upon her.

She was recognised as part of the Queen’s New Year’s honours list, which was announced towards the end of last year.

At the time she said: “I am very grateful to receive this honour and hope only to take this opportunity to further my fierce commitment to providing enrichment, inspiration and variation to the education system and communities of the UK. “


The 31-year-old is in demand with major orchestras across the globe, with concerto performances at the heart of her career.

She began playing the violin aged four and had completed the eight grades of musical examination by the time she was nine.

She won the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year at the age of 16 and has released nine albums, achieving three number 1’s in the UK classical music charts.

Nicola was previously awarded an MBE for services to music and charity in 2013 and was presented the Queen’s Medal for Music in 2017, the youngest of 12 people who have received the award since it was established in 2005.

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