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“…a scintillating Korngold…Znaider is, for me, one of the greatest artists of his generation and his consummate musicianship and glorious depth and range of tone are everywhere apparent…unquestionably top-notch playing from all concerned…” — Gramophone, June 2009
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.
Znaider has already been re-invited to conduct the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, the Dresden Staatskapelle, and the Russian National Orchestra. In forthcoming seasons, will make his conducting debuts with orchestras such as the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Halle Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic, and the L.A. Philharmonic. Since the 2008/09 season, he has been Principal Guest Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra.
As a soloist, Znaider is regularly invited to work with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, including Daniel Barenboim, Sir Colin Davis, Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Christian Thielemann, Mariss Jansons, Charles Dutoit, Christoph von Dohnányi, Iván Fischer, and Gustavo Dudamel. In recital and chamber music he has appeared at all the major concert halls. In the 2008/09 season the London Symphony Orchestra presented an Artist Portrait of Znaider, and in the 2011/12 season he will present a Carte Blanche at the Musikverein in Vienna.
An exclusive RCA Red Seal recording artist, Znaider’s most recent addition to his discography is the Brahms and Korngold Violin Concertos with the Vienna Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev. His award-winning recordings of the Beethoven and Mendelssohn Concertos with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic and Prokofiev’s Second Concerto and Glazunov Concerto with Mariss Jansons and the Bayerische Rundfunk have been greeted with great critical acclaim, as was his release of the complete works for violin and piano by 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.
Znaider is passionate about the education of musical talent and for ten years was Founder and Artistic Director of the Nordic Music Academy, an annual summer school whose vision it was 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 Foundations and the Knud Højgaard Foundation.