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Nikolaj Znaider is not only celebrated as one of the foremost violinists of today, but is fast becoming one of the most versatile artists of his generation uniting his talents as soloist, conductor and chamber musician. Nikolaj Znaider was invited by Valery Gergiev to become Principal Guest Conductor of the Mariinsky Orchestra in St. Petersburg where this season he will conduct productions of Aida, Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni in addition to symphonic concerts. Last season he made his conducting debut with the Concertgebouw Orkest and Orchestra of Santa Cecilia Rome. He is also a regular guest conductor with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Russian National Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Swedish Radio Orchestra and Gothenburg Symphony. The coming season includes collaborations with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai and London Symphony Orchestra to name a few. This season Znaider is Artist in Residence with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, where he will conduct two symphonic programmes, and appear in recital and concert. In the 11/12 season Znaider appeared as Artist in Residence with the Dresden Staatskapelle Orchestra, and last season with the

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Nikolaj Znaider is not only celebrated as one of the foremost violinists of today, but is fast becoming one of the most versatile artists of his generation uniting his talents as soloist, conductor and chamber musician.

Nikolaj Znaider was invited by Valery Gergiev to become Principal Guest Conductor of the Mariinsky Orchestra in St. Petersburg where this season he will conduct productions of Aida, Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni in addition to symphonic concerts. Last season he made his conducting debut with the Concertgebouw Orkest and Orchestra of Santa Cecilia Rome. He is also a regular guest conductor with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Russian National Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Swedish Radio Orchestra and Gothenburg Symphony. The coming season includes collaborations with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai and London Symphony Orchestra to name a few.

This season Znaider is Artist in Residence with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, where he will conduct two symphonic programmes, and appear in recital and concert. In the 11/12 season Znaider appeared as Artist in Residence with the Dresden Staatskapelle Orchestra, and last season with the London Symphony Orchestra, playing concerti and conducting large-scale symphonic programmes in London and abroad.

As a soloist, Znaider works regularly with the world’s leading orchestras. Highlights of the coming season include performances with WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln under Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Orchestre de Paris and David Zinman, Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala and Fabio Luisi, Cleveland Symphony Orchestra under Pierre Boulez, Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra and a European tour with the SWR Sinfonieorchester under Stéphane Denève, Orchestre National de Lyon with Alan Gilbert, Bayerischer Rundfunk and Franz Welser-Möst, and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Neeme Järvi. He will also perform with the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra and Rumon Gamba at the grand opening of their new concert hall. In recital and chamber music Znaider appears at all the major concert halls.

His latest recording for RCA RED SEAL is the Elgar Violin Concerto with the late Sir Colin Davis and the Dresden Staatskapelle. His award winning recordings of the Brahms and Korngold Violin Concerti with the Vienna Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev, the Beethoven and Mendelssohn Concerti with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic and Prokofiev 2 and Glazunov Concerti with Mariss Jansons and the Bayerische Rundfunk have been greeted with great critical acclaim, as was his release of the complete works for violin and piano of Johannes Brahms with Yefim Bronfman. For EMI Classics he has recorded the Mozart Piano Trios with Daniel Barenboim and the Nielsen and Bruch Concertos with the London Philharmonic.

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