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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.

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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.


Znaider is Principal Guest Conductor of the Mariinsky Orchestra in St. Petersburg where this season he will conduct productions of ‘Così fan tutte’ and ‘Don Giovanni’ in addition to symphonic concerts.  From 15/16, Znaider will have his own subscription series with the Mariinsky each season.
He is a regular guest conductor with orchestras such as the Munich Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Halle and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra where he served as Principal Guest conductor.  Following a very successful debut conducting the Cleveland Orchestra last season, Znaider has been invited to return for a two week residency period during which he will both conduct the orchestra and play concerti conducted by Welser-Most.  The 2014/5 season includes conducting and soloist collaborations with the Staatskapelle Dresden at the Osterfestspiele Salzburg and his conducting debut with the NDR Hamburg. Znaider enjoys a very special relationship with the London Symphony Orchestra, an orchestra he conducts every season.


Last season Znaider was Artist in Residence with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, where he conducted two symphonic programmes, and appeared in recitals, in chamber music and in concerto and in the 12/13 season, he was Resident Artist with the London Symphony Orchestra, playing concerti and conducting large-scale symphonic programmes in London and on tour.


As soloist, Znaider continues to perform regularly with the world’s leading orchestras. Highlights of the coming season include performances with the Vienna Philharmonic, Bayerischer Rundfunk and Cleveland Orchestras with Franz Welser-Möst, a return to the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Andrey Boreyko, and the Staatskapelle Dresden with Christian Thielemann.   In addition,  Znaider undertakes European tours with both the SWR Sinfonieorchester under Stéphane Denève, and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra with Philippe Jordan, as well as a world tour with the Gewandhaus Orchestra and Ricardo Chailly, performing in Leipzig, Vienna, Houston, Washington, Boston and New York. In recital and chamber music, Znaider has appeared at all the major concert halls worldwide.


Recording  highlights of recent years are his Elgar ‘Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61’ with the late Sir Colin Davis and the Staatskapelle Dresden,  award winning recordings of the Brahms’ ‘Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77’ and Korngold’s ‘Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35’ with the Vienna Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev, the Beethoven ‘Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61’ and Mendelssohn’s ‘Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64’ with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic and Prokofiev’s ‘Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63’ together with Glazunov’s ‘Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82’ with Mariss Jansons and the Bayerischer  Rundfunk. He has also recorded the complete works for violin and piano of Johannes Brahms with Yefim Bronfman.


Znaider is passionate about the education of young musical talent and was for ten years Founder and Artistic Director of the Nordic Music Academy, an annual summer school whose vision it is to create conscious and focused musical development based on quality and real commitment.

 

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, Philly.com

"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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