Nicola Benedetti

Place of Birth: West Kilbride, North Ayrshire, Scotland

Date of Birth: 19 July, 1987

Ethnicity: Italian

Nicola Benedetti is a Scottish classical violinist. Her parents, Francesca and Giovanni, are Italian. Her father is from Barga, Province of Lucca, Tuscany. Her maternal grandparents are from Udine, Friuli Venezia-Giulia, Italy.

She has said:

My mum and dad were both born in Italy and I had been distanced from that because I was born in Scotland… My dad grew up in a tiny, tiny village that only had a few hours of sunlight everyday, so he came to Scotland to start a new life… As such, his Italian upbringing was not really enforced upon my sister and me. Mum and Dad were quite happy to be living in Scotland and be Scottish.


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11 Responses

  1. Yayoute says:

    She reminds me of Lea Michele, same face and hair…

  2. lelo4 says:

    Interesting. But people from Friuli are called ‘Furlans’ and they are related to Ladins and Romansch people of Switzerland, not Italians.

    • andrew says:

      Nope. People from Friuli are ethnically Italians, by in addition to standard Italian they also speak a dialect that is related to Ladin and Romansch

      • Masterlord says:

        There is no such thing as an “italian ethnicity”. The nation of Italy was a mixture of various city-states before the unification in the 1860s and thus there has never been a “genuine” italian ethnicity

        • andrew says:

          Wrong. Also Germany was made by several states before the unification of 1871. The roots of an Italian identity go back to Roman times, during Augustus Even when Italy was politically divided, Dante, Machiavelli and Leopardi wrote in terms of “Italia” as a country. Check out:

          The only non ethnic Italians of Italy are the ones from South Tyrol.

  3. stlucas says:

    She screams Italian.

  4. M says:

    She looks like a non-white Hispanic with Native ancestry.

  5. me says:

    she doesn’t look half Scottish!

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