Place of Birth: Irvine, North Ayrshire, Scotland
Date of Birth: 20 July, 1987
Nicola Benedetti is a Scottish classical solo violinist and festival director. 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.