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

Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider will become the seventh Music Director of the Orchestre national de Lyon in September 2020.  Prior to that, in 19/20, he will conduct the orchestra’s season-opening concerts and will also take them on tour to Russia.   Szeps-Znaider is also a regular guest conductor of the world’s leading orchestras, with recent and forthcoming highlights including performances with the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, and the Stockholm, Brussels, and Oslo Philharmonics. 

Following an outstandingly successful debut conducting ‘Magic Flute’ at the Dresden Semperoper, Szeps-Znaider was immediately re-invited to conduct ‘Rosenkavalier’ at the House in Autumn 2019.   The following season he will make his debut at the Royal Danish Opera conducting a new production of Magic Flute.

Also a virtuoso violinist, Szeps-Znaider maintains his reputation as one of the world’s leading exponents of the instrument with a busy calendar of concerto and recital engagements.  He was the 18/19 season Artist in Residence at the Vienna Symphony, both conducting and playing with the orchestra in multiple projects across the season including his Musikverein conducting debut with Mahler’s epic first symphony.

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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