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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. As the Principal Guest Conductor of the Mariinsky Orchestra in St. Petersburg, this season Znaider will conduct productions of ‘Carmen’, ‘Così fan tutte’ and ‘Don Giovanni’ in addition to symphonic concerts. Last season Znaider was Artist in Residence with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, where he conducted two symphonic programmes, and appeared in recitals and concerts. In the 11/12 season Znaider appeared as Artist in Residence with the Staatskapelle Dresden, and in the 12/13 season with the London Symphony Orchestra, playing concerti and conducting large-scale symphonic programmes in London and abroad. He is a regular guest conductor with orchestras such as the Münchner Philharmoniker, Czech Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Russian National Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Swedish Radio Orchestra and Gothenburg Symphony. The coming season includes collaborations with London Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden at the Osterfestspiele Salzburg and NDR Hamburg to name a few. As a soloist, Znaider works regularly with the world

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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.

As the Principal Guest Conductor of the Mariinsky Orchestra in St. Petersburg, this season Znaider will conduct productions of ‘Carmen’, ‘Così fan tutte’ and ‘Don Giovanni’ in addition to symphonic concerts. Last season Znaider was Artist in Residence with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, where he conducted two symphonic programmes, and appeared in recitals and concerts. In the 11/12 season Znaider appeared as Artist in Residence with the Staatskapelle Dresden, and in the 12/13 season with the London Symphony Orchestra, playing concerti and conducting large-scale symphonic programmes in London and abroad.

He is a regular guest conductor with orchestras such as the Münchner Philharmoniker, Czech Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Russian National Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Swedish Radio Orchestra and Gothenburg Symphony. The coming season includes collaborations with London Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden at the Osterfestspiele Salzburg and NDR Hamburg to name a few.

As a soloist, Znaider works regularly with the world’s leading orchestras. Highlights of the coming season include performances with The Tonkünstler Orchestra under Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Vienna Philharmonic and Cleveland Orchestra with Franz Welser-Möst, LA Phiharmonic with Andrey Boreyko, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande with Neeme Järvi and Staatskapelle Dresden with Christian Thielemann. In addition Znaider will also undertake European tours with both the SWR Sinfonieorchester under Stéphane Denève, and Vienna Symphony Orchestra with Philippe Jordan, as well as a world tour with the Gewandhaus Orchestra covering cities such as Leipzig, Vienna, Houston, Washington, Boston and New York. In recital and chamber music Znaider appears at all the major concert halls.

His latest recording for RCA Red Seal is the Elgar’s ‘Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61’ with the late Sir Colin Davis and the Staatskapelle Dresden. His 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’s ‘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’ and Glazunov’s ‘Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82’ with Mariss Jansons and the Bayerische Rundfunk have all 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 Orchestra.

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 is 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 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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Discography