Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider

Violin & Conductor

"I'm looking for a distillation. This point is the most the sublime, when nothing is superfluous."
Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, Concerti, April 2015
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Biography

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.

2018/2019
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Programme

2019 / 2020
Duo
with Robert Kulek (Piano)

Beethoven: Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 1 in D major, Op. 12 No. 1

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

Shostakovich: from: 24 Preludes, Op. 34

Prokofiev: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in D major, Op. 94

Season PDF download

Schedule

18.01.2019
20:00 Uhr
LU - Luxemburg / Philharmonie de Luxembourg, Grand Auditorium
Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, Orchestre Philharmonique Luxembourg, Jian Wang
31.01.2019
19:30 Uhr
GB - Liverpool / Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
01.02.2019
19:30 Uhr
GB - Nottingham / Royal Concert Hall
Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
06.02.2019
14:15 Uhr
GB - Birmingham / Symphony Hall Birmingham
Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Steven Isserlis
07.02.2019
19:30 Uhr
GB - Birmingham / Symphony Hall Birmingham
Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Steven Isserlis
13.02.2019
19:30 Uhr
GB - London / Wigmore Hall
Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, Robert Kulek
14.02.2019
20:00 Uhr
IE - Dublin / National Concert Hall
Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, Robert Kulek
22.02.2019
19:30 Uhr
AT - Wien / Konzerthaus Wien, Großer Saal
Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, Wiener Symphoniker
24.02.2019
11:00 Uhr
AT - Wien / Konzerthaus Wien, Großer Saal
Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, Wiener Symphoniker
01.03.2019
20:00 Uhr
BE - Brügge / Concertzaal Concertgebouw
Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, Brussels Philharmonic, Stéphane Denève
02.03.2019
20:00 Uhr
BE - Brüssel / Palais des Beaux-Arts, Henry Le Boeuf Hall
Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, Brussels Philharmonic, Stéphane Denève

Discography

Mozart
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)
Estrellita

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

Videos

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

Contact

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