The Scottish violinist was made CBE in 2019 New Year Honours list and was today officially bestowed the honour by Prince Charles at a Buckingham Palace ceremony.
Benedetti has worked with organisations such as Sistema Scotland and the Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity, and has been an outspoken supporter of music education. She is also currently president of ESTA UK, the European String Teachers Association’s British chapter.
‘I am very grateful to receive this honour,’ she said in a statement.
‘This meaningful public recognition encourages me to deepen my commitment to music, to playing and to providing enrichment, inspiration and variation to the education system that serves communities throughout the UK.
‘I am more resolved than ever to reinforce my advocacy for arts and culture, and to challenge what it means to teach music well. We often hear about the unintended benefits of studying music. We are also told that an education inclusive of the arts develops character.
‘But, let’s also consider the simple and profound beauty of just seeing and hearing people playing and singing together, and offering something personal to an audience full of strangers. I have, so many times, witnessed the fulfilment, heightened emotion and sense of community this collective action produces.
‘It shakes us out of the routine and connects us with a higher purpose. It is a truly beautiful, wondrous thing, worthy of our attention and our investment. I only hope to prove my worthiness through my continued dedication.’
Benedetti was previously made MBE in 2013 and awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music in 2016.
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