Double Brit debut tomorrow at the New York Phil

May 20, 2014 by norman lebrecht

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Nicola Benedetti has been whisked in to replace Janine Jansen, who is unwell. It’s her proper debut with the orch, the previous appearance having been a bit part in September 2011 in Andrea Bocelli Live in Central Park, performing Lorin Maazel’s arrangement of Rodrigo’s “En Aranjuez con tu Amor” (Nicky, how could you?). This time she’s playing Szymanowski (phew!).

Also on debut with the Phil is the London Philharmonic’s Vladimir Jurowski. (What took them so long?)

Press release below.

Violinist Nicola Benedetti will make her New York Philharmonic subscription debut —
replacing Janine Jansen, who has been advised by her doctor not to play for at least a week — in
performances of Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Vladimir Jurowski will make his
Philharmonic debut conducting the concerts, Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday,
May 22 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, May 23 at 2:00 p.m.; and Saturday, May 24 at 8:00 p.m. The
program will conclude with selections from Prokofiev’s Cinderella.

Nicola Benedetti made her New York Philharmonic debut in September 2011 in Andrea Bocelli
Live in Central Park, performing Lorin Maazel’s arrangement of Rodrigo’s “En Aranjuez con tu
Amor” alongside Mr. Bocelli, conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert. Szymanowski’s Violin
Concerto No. 1 is the work with which Ms. Benedetti won the BBC Young Musician of the Year
competition in 2004; it also featured on her debut recording, recorded with the London
Symphony Orchestra led by Daniel Harding on the Deutsche Grammophon label.


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