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Nikolaj Znaider is one of the foremost violinists of today and combines a soloist career at the very highest level with a growing conducting career. A wonderfully versatile musician, Znaider has established his conductor credentials over the last several seasons, and is increasingly in demand from many of the world’s leading orchestras.


Nikolaj Znaider is renowned as a brilliantly versatile musician, performing both as a virtuoso violin soloist and as a conductor with the world’s preeminent orchestras. He was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Mariinsky Orchestra Saint Petersburg in 2010, and was previously Principal Guest Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Znaider enjoys a close relationship with the Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna and will return to conduct the orchestra in June 2016.

Conducting highlights of the 15/16 season include appearances as guest conductor with the Danish Radio Symphony, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Orchestre National de France, Montreal Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Stockholm Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, and National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa.  Znaider also returns to both the Hallé Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra, both of which he conducts every season. An increasing number of orchestras now feature Znaider as both soloist and conductor in consecutive subscription weeks and he will spend two weeks with the Washington National Symphony Orchestra in April 2016.

As a soloist, Znaider continues to perform regularly with the world’s leading orchestras. Highlights of the coming season include performances with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Stéphane Denève, Staatskapelle Dresden with Christian Thielemann, and on tour with the London Symphony Orchestra with Sir Antonio Pappano. In recital and chamber performance, Znaider has appeared at all the major concert halls worldwide. This season sees him perform around Europe in cities including Brussels, Bilbao, Dublin, Copenhagen, and London. 

Recording highlights of recent years are the Nielsen Concerto with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic, Elgar Concerto in B minor with the late Sir Colin Davis and the Staatskapelle Dresden, award-winning recordings of the Brahms and Kongold concertos with Gergiev and the Vienna Philharmonic, the Beethoven and Mendelssohn concertos with Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic, and the Prokofiev Concerto No. 2 together with the Glazunov Concerto with Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony. Znaider has also recorded the complete works of Johannes Brahms for violin and piano with Yefim Bronfman.

Znaider is passionate about supporting the next generation of musical talent and spent ten years as Founder and Artistic Director of the annual Nordic Music Academy summer school.  He is also chair of the jury of the 10th Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition.

Nikolaj Znaider plays the “Kreisler” Guarnerius “del Gesu” 1741 on extended loan to him by The Royal Danish Theater through the generosity of the VELUX Foundation and the Knud Højgaard Foundation.

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"This Mahler Five was spine-shudderingly good... there was also much sumptuous, idiomatically Viennese string playing to admire — and especially the silky deftness, free of cloying over-sentimentality, that Znaider encouraged in the Adagietto."

Richard Morrison, The Times

"You could pick out strands of soloist Nikolaj Znaider's musical DNA - the sweetness of Fritz Kreisler, the muscularity of Zino Francescatti, and his own exquisite wisdom for setting off the poetic against the prosaic"

Peter Dobrin,

"Znaider is a genial presence on the podium, conducting with the minimum of fuss and very precise gestures... There was no shortage of fireworks throughout the symphony and the Scherzo was particularly brilliant in this respect."

Peter Marks, Bachtrack

"...his technique is impeccable and his intonation spot-on... And if any soloist is going to do battle with an orchestra and come out on top, it’s probably going to be Znaider, who can project his sound better than just about any other violinist on the scene today. He tore into the first movement’s double stops and arpeggios with abandon but turned, a few bars later, and delivered a sweet, gentle account of the movement’s opening theme. The rest of his performance revolved around and between those two extremes: focused, polished, straightforward."

Jonathan Blumhofer, The Arts Fuse

"Znaider is a wonder. His tone is so varied, but always full and rich. His pianissimo passages are very quiet indeed, but miraculously full and present. In speedy virtuoso passages, he articulates every note with hard-edged specificity. Most important, he understands the drama in the music."

Tom Strini, Third Coast Digest

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