Proms star Nicola… and the scars that prove being a violin virtuoso is a real pain in the neck
Many musicians suffer for their art but the price Nicola Benedetti has paid for her success is there for all to see – on her neck.
The 30-year-old violin virtuoso has two scars (pictured inset) which are the legacy of hours of playing her £10 million, 301-year-old Stradivarius.
In an interview with today’s Event magazine she reveals she is proud of the circles of dark, scuffed skin which are numb and may eventually need surgery.
Nicola Benedetti is one of the most sought-after soloists of her generation, with eight albums and two Classical Brit Awards to her name
It’s impossible to miss the twin scars on Nicola Benedetti’s neck. The circles of dark, badly scuffed skin are the legacy of hours of playing the violin
She said: ‘They don’t hurt, they’re just numb.
‘I’ve never known how I look without them as they developed at such a young age.
‘But I always request for them not to be covered by make-up. Photographers frequently want me to do that, and I ask for them to be left alone. I guess that says I’m proud and comfortable with them.’
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Nicola’s big break came in 2004 when, aged 16, she won BBC Young Musician of the Year.
She is currently preparing for what is sure to be another stirring performance at the Proms.
Fellow violinist Vanessa-Mae and mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins have found fame and fortune by appealing to a wider pop-loving audience, but Nicola clearly has no intention of treading a similar path.
Many musicians suffer for their art but the price Nicola Benedetti has paid for her success is there for all to see – on her neck
‘You increase your sales and a certain type of visibility in front of a mainstream public, but at what point have you sold your soul and sacrificed too much in order to do that,’ she asks.
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