Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider

Conductor, Violin

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

Managed in association with Enticott Music Management


Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider inaugurated his first season as music director of the Orchestre national de Lyon in September 2020. Prior to that, he conducted the Orchestra’s 2019–20 season opening concerts, and together they toured Russia in February 2020. Szeps-Znaider is a regular guest conductor of the world’s leading ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

Following a successful debut conducting Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Semperoper Dresden, Szeps-Znaider was immediately re-invited to lead Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier at the house in the fall of 2019. Last season, he returned to Semperoper Dresden for a revival of Der Rosenkavalier and debuted at the Royal Danish Opera in a new production of The Magic Flute. He makes his debut at the Zurich Opera House later this season.

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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....