Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider

Conductor, Violin

Music Director Designate (from 2020) – Orchestre national de Lyon
Principal Guest Conductor – Mariinsky Orchestra

Managed in association with Enticott Music Management

Biography

Cementing his reputation as a conductor of rare musicality and panache, the 17/18 season saw Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider give acclaimed performances at the helms of the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, London Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and Cleveland orchestras. This season and next, he returns to the Orchestre National de Lyon, Detroit Symphony, Montreal Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, and Luxembourg Philharmonic, and expands the list of Opera houses he appears with by making debuts with the Semperoper Dresden and the Hamburg Opera. He also continues his Nielsen project with the Odense Symphony Orchestra conducting and recording the complete symphonies. Also a virtuoso violinist of distinction, he features as Artist in Residence with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, both performing with and conducting the orchestra in a series of concerts across the 18/19 season, including his conducting debut at the Musikverein and a European tour with Philippe Jordan.

Szeps-Znaider has a particularly strong relationship with the London Symphony Orchestra; an orchestra he conducts and performs with as soloist every season, and with whom he has recently recorded the complete Mozart Violin Concertos, directed from the violin. The first album comprising Concertos 4 and 5 was released on the LSO Live label in March 2018 with The Strad extolling Szeps-Znaider’s playing as ‘possibly among the most exquisite violin sound ever captured on disc’. Concertos 1, 2 and 3 follow in November 2018.

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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

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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