The following year she went to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey and by the age of 11 had performed as a soloist at London's Wigmore Hall.
By her early teens she had notched up performances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia and triumphed in a TV contest for outstanding prodigies. Then, aged 16, she won the BBC Young Musician Of The Year title.
In her repertoire she has often liked to concentrate on less celebrated works and has performed new commissions by figures such as John Tavener.
Benedetti, who plays a 295-year-old Stradivarius, has worked on a number of projects aimed at encouraging young people to take an interest in music.