Being stood up by When we do speak later she is full of apologies, but pulling out of an interview to make your
"It's true, I didn't have to contemplate the invitation for too long," she concedes, "and it is very rare than I am able to accept cancellations because I am so busy."
It seems like a good call though.
Benedetti appeared at Celtic Connections at the start of the year, in a concert that premiered some of the music on her new disc, and at the end of this month plays with all of
After that she plays chamber music at the Queen's Hall, and Korngold with the Czech Phil and
At the festival she is also hoping to meet up with Kirill Karabits, the young Ukrainian conductor directing the fascinating I, Culture youth orchestra from
She was performing the
All of which suggests that Homecoming: A Scottish Fantasy, the
It was a huge commercial success, dominating the classical charts for weeks, so Homecoming has a tough act to follow, and some of its music will be unfamiliar to much of Benedetti's global fan-base, even if it is likely to find her new friends in
"There was a sequence of events meant that Silver Violin got mass media attention," says Benedetti. "The awareness of it was a bit of a fluke, but people took to it and bought it."
In some ways she has followed a similar thematic path with the new album in giving it some sort of narrative and stylistic line.
It opens with German composer
"I wanted to understand the music of my own country better, but there was lots of back and forth - it is hard to come with a concept around that work and there were lots of potential directions. We could have done other music in the classics inspired by Scottish or Celtic music, or contemporary classical music by
In the end, perhaps characteristically, Benedetti chose what was arguably a braver path: "My repertoire as a fiddler was really quite shameful, which is what happens when you focus every minute of everyday on classical technique. Here was the perfect template to go in that direction - and I felt I knew the team well enough."
That team is the cream of Scottish traditional musicians, with accordionist
"It was still a slow, complicated and frustrating process because of my lack of expertise," Benedetti says. "My descriptions of speed, mode or texture often fell short, so it was a huge learning experience to articulate myself. I was often up until one and two in the morning studying the repertoire because of a whole process of subtleties I didn't foresee."
That repertoire includes arrangements of some of the best known music of
Benedetti is eager to emphasise the context of her venture into traditional music however.
"There is only 25 minutes of non-orchestral music on the CD - it is not the driving force. And I did ask: Why should I be playing this music as opposed to someone who dedicated their life to it? But if you have that fear, what are you going to do? You can't make decisions on that basis. There were too many reasons to do it - personal and creative ones - and I think it is part of my role as a 21st century violinist.
"There are lots of two-concerto discs - and my next project will be exactly that. My future is in the standard classical repertoire and I will never be bored or dissatisfied with that. But I have a personal connection with these musicians and Burns was integral to my upbringing.
"It will be interesting to see how the album does in terms of the popularity of those melodies."
Being stood up by
When we do speak later she is full of apologies, but pulling out of an interview to make your