Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider

Violin & Conductor

"The thing that attracts me to conducting is that we get the chance to paint with an enormous brush. I play the violin as well, that is a much smaller paint brush. It’s still music, it’s still me, but the kind of colors that you can paint with an orchestra is incredible."
Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, London Symphony Orchestra Blog, December 2014
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Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider performs at the highest level as both conductor and virtuoso violin soloist with the world’s most distinguished orchestras. He has been Principal Guest Conductor of the Mariinsky Orchestra Saint Petersburg since 2010, and was previously Principal Guest Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra.
Following a triumphant return to the Tanglewood Festival with the Boston Symphony and Juanjo Mena, the 2017/18 season sees Szeps-Znaider continue his Mozart recording project with the London Symphony Orchestra with the second and third concertos directed from the violin. He has a particularly strong relationship with the LSO; an orchestra he conducts and performs as soloist with every season. Their recording of Mozart’s Violin Concertos 4 and 5 was released on the LSO Live label in March 2018. Working at the highest level as both as conductor and as soloist, Szeps-Znaider appears regularly with orchestras such as the Staatskapelle Dresden, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Chicago Symphony.
„Znaider knows what he’s about on the podium. He exhibits the confidence of a musician with thoughtful musical ideas and enough stick technique to convey those ideas to orchestral musicians in a way that inspires convincing results.”Chicago Tribune, Dezember 2017
Szeps-Znaider’s extensive discography 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. Znaider has also recorded the complete works of Brahms for violin and piano with Yefim Bronfman.
He 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, and is now President of the Nielsen Competition, which takes place every three years in Odense, Denmark.
Nikolaj 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.

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2019 / 2020
with Robert Kulek (Piano)

Korngold: Four Pieces Op.11 from the music to Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing“ for Violin and Piano

Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in G major, Op.78

Schönberg: Fantasy for Violin and Piano, Op. 47

Strauss: Sonata in E-flat major for Violin and Piano, Op. 18


Duisburg, DE / Mercatorhalle im CityPalais
Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, Philharmonie Duisburg, Benjamin Shwartz
Duisburg, DE / Mercatorhalle im CityPalais
Nikolaj Znaider, Philharmonie Duisburg, Benjamin Shwartz


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Violin Concertos Nos 4 & 5

London Symphony Orchestra

Beethoven & Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos (DVD or Blu-ray Disc)
Ludwig van Beethoven
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 61

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor, Op. 64

Riccardo Chailly - Conductor
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Nielsen: Concertos
Carl Nielsen
Violin Concerto, Op. 33, FS 61
Flute Concerto, FS 119
Clarinet Concerto, Op. 57, FS 129

Robert Langevin - Flute
Anthony McGill - Clarinet
New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert - Conductor

Brahms & Korngold: Violin Concertos
Johannes Brahms
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 77

Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 35

Wiener Philharmoniker
Valery Gergiev - Conductor

RCA Red Seal, 2009

Beethoven & Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos
Ludwig van Beethoven
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 61

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor, Op. 64

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Zubin Mehta - Conductor

RCA Classics, 2005

Bravo! Virtuoso & Romantic Encores
Henryk Wieniawski
Polonaise de Concert in D major, O. 4

Pablo de Sarasate
Danzas espanolas, Op. 22, Nos 1-2

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Eugene Ysaye
Solo Sonata, Op. 27 No. 3, "Ballade"

Frédéric Chopin (Arr. Wilhelmj)
Nocturne in D major, Op. 27 No. 2
Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 55 No. 2

Fritz Kreisler
Recitativo & Scherzo Caprice, Op. 6

Joseph Achron (Arr. Auer)
Hebrew Melody, Op. 33

Manuel María Ponce (Arr. Heifetz)

Henryk Wienawski
Variations on an Original Theme in A major, Op. 15

Daniel Gortler - Piano

RCA Classics, 2003

Prokofiev & Glasunov: Violin Concertos
Sergei Prokofiev
Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63

Alexander Glasunov
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 82

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Méditation, Op. 42 No. 1
From Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Mariss Jansons - Conductor

BMG, 2002

Bruch & Nielsen: Violin Concertos
Carl Nielsen
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 33

Max Bruch
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Lawrence Foster - Conductor

EMI Classics, 2000


Nikolaj Znaider & Christian Thielemann - Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26 - Max Bruch
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 1
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20, KV466 - conducting the Detroit Symphony Orchestra


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