Violinist Nicola Benedetti has been appointed the next director of the Edinburgh International Festival – becoming the first woman and the first Scot to take on the prestigious role.
one musician, who started taking violin lessons at the age of four, said she was “extremely honored” about the appointment.
The Grammy and Brit award-winning violinist will succeed Fergus Linehan, who has held the post for the past eight years.
Ms Benedetti, 34, born in Irvine, North Ayrshire, now becomes the festival’s appointed director, before officially becoming the festival’s director on 1 October 2022, following Mr Linehan’s departure .
Today I am very pleased to be announced as the Designated Director of @edintfest commences the role on 1 October 2022. I am proud to be the first Scotsman and the first woman since the Festival began in 1947 1/3 pic.twitter.com/wuV8fOJy86
– Nicola Benedetti (@NickyBenedetti) March 1, 2022
She said: “I am extremely honored to contribute to the long and rich history of the Edinburgh International Festival and Scotland’s cultural landscape.
“This festival was founded on the principles of reconciliation and the ideals of art that transcends political and cultural schisms.
“Following in the great achievements of Fergus Linehan and his predecessors, I will uphold these values and look forward to serving this festival, its mission of cultural exchange and the people of Scotland.”
Keith Skeoch, the festival’s board chairman, said it was “delighted to welcome Ms Benedetti as both the first woman and the first Scottish director of the Edinburgh International Festival”.
He added: “In many ways, she reflects the spirit of this festival; internationally recognized and respected but with a Scottish core, she is dedicated to advocating world-class music making and innovating new ways to bring it to audiences. ”
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I applaud Nicola Benedetti’s appointment as director – especially as she becomes the first woman ever to hold the role.Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon – who was also born in Irvine – welcomed the appointment.
Ms Sturgeon said: “The Edinburgh International Festival is internationally renowned for its excellence in bringing together the world’s leading artists, celebrating the performing arts and promoting its culture and heritage. of Scotland to an international audience.
“I am sure people across the country are looking forward to supporting the return of the festival in person after two years and welcoming visitors and artists from all over the world to Scotland.
“I applaud Nicola Benedetti’s appointment as director – especially as she becomes the first woman to take on the role.
“Her experience in promoting Scottish culture to audiences around the world will be invaluable and I wish her every success.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/violinist-benedetti-to-be-next-director-of-edinburgh-international-festival-41399240.html Violinist Benedetti becomes the next director of the Edinburgh International Festival