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27 January 2020, 11:06 | Updated: 27 January 2020, 15:13
The Scottish musician won the award for her performance of Wynton Marsalis’ Violin Concerto and Fiddle Dance Suite.
Violinist Nicola Benedetti has won the Grammy for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for her recording of Wynton Marsalis’ Violin Concerto and Fiddle Dance Suite.
The Scottish-born musician received the award at the 62nd Grammy Awards, which took place in Los Angeles yesterday (26 January).
Benedetti was also the first classical solo violinist to perform at the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony in 10 years, where she gave a performance of Marsalis’ ‘Bye Bye Breakdown’ from his Fiddle Dance suite.
“I am so honoured to have won a Grammy for Best Classical Instrumental Solo and to have performed at the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony,” she said.
“This recording project has been a deeply edifying experience for me and one I will always reflect on with immense gratitude.”
The award-winning album also includes premiere recordings of two works written specifically for Nicola by Marsalis – Violin Concerto in D and Fiddle Dance Suite.
“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,” Nicola continued.
"Long-form musical pieces are often described as a journey and this sure has been a rich and fascinating one."
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