Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider

Conductor, Violin

Music Director  – Orchestre national de Lyon
Principal Guest Conductor – Mariinsky Orchestra

Managed in association with Enticott Music Management


After an acclaimed first year at the helm, Nikolaj Szeps-Znaiders continues his Music Directorship of the Orchestre National de Lyon. Szeps-Znaider is a regular guest conductor of the world’s leading orchestras, with upcoming returns to the podiums of the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. In a season celebrating many of his long standing relationships, Szeps-Znaider also makes his much anticipated debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Following an outstandingly successful debut conducting Magic Flute at the Dresden Semperoper, Szeps-Znaider was immediately re-invited to conduct ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ at the House in Autumn 2019. With a new production of Magic Flute, he made his debut with the Royal Danish Opera, and will continue to build upon his association with the work as he takes Mozart’s timeless classic to Zurich Opera House in the Spring. 

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“Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, the soloist in the Karol Szymanowski Violin Concerto no. 2, is a marvel. His playing was powerful, secure and expressive…. The mid-concerto cadenza, two and a half minutes of ferociously tumbling and immaculately tuned double stops, was worth the trip all by itself.”

David Wolfson


“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

Recent News

Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider Opens First Season as MD in Lyon

Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider commences his first season as Music Director of the Orchestre national de Lyon this week as planned, with a gala concert on 17 September 2020 featuring soloist, Saleem Ashkar, and narrator, Julie Depardieu, broadcast nationally on France Musique....