Nikolaj Znaider 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.
His extensive discography also includes the Nielsen Concerto with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic, Elgar Concerto in B minor with the late Sir Colin Davis and the Staatskapelle Dresden, award-winning recordings of the Brahms and Korngold concertos with Valery Gergiev and the Vienna Philharmonic, the Beethoven and Mendelssohn concertos with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic, the Prokofiev Concerto No. 2 and Glazunov Concerto with Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony, and the Mendelssohn Concerto on DVD with Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhaus Orchestra. Szeps-Znaider has also recorded the complete works of Brahms for violin and piano with Yefim Bronfman.
Szeps-Znaider is passionate about supporting the next generation of musical talent and spent ten years as Founder and Artistic Director of the annual Nordic Music Academy summer school. He is now President of the Nielsen Competition, which takes place every three years in Odense, Denmark.
Szeps-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, the Villum Fonden and the Knud Højgaard Foundation.