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Nikolaj Znaider


Celebrated as one of the foremost violinists of today, Nikolaj Znaider is regularly invited to work with  the world's leading orchestras including, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Symphony, and enjoys artistic collaborations with acclaimed conductors including Barenboim, Chung, Sir Colin Davis, von Dohnanyi,  Dutoit, Gergiev, Jansons, Maazel, Masur, Mehta, Rostropovich, Temirkanov and Thielemann.

Born in Denmark to Polish-Israeli parents, Znaider studied with  the eminent Russian pedagogue Boris Kushnir .  A keen recitalist and chamber musician, Znaider has shared the stage with the foremost artists of today such as Daniel Barenboim, Leif Ove Andsnes, Yuri Bashmet, Yefim Bronfman, Lynn Harrell, Lang Lang and Pinchas Zukerman.  His recent project, recording the complete Piano Trios of Mozart with Barenboim and Zlotnikov has just been released on EMI Classics.

An exclusive RCA Red Seal recording artist, Znaider's latest recording of the Beethoven and Mendelssohn Violin Concerti with the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta has been greeted with critical acclaim.  He recently returned to the studio record the complete works for violin and piano of Johannes Brahms with Yefim Bronfman. His award winning recordings of Prokofiev and Glazunov Violin Concerti with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Mariss Jansons and ‘Bravo', his album of Romantic Virtuosic violin music have also been critically acclaimed and were Editor's Choice in Grammophone Magazine.

Znaider is passionate about the education of musical talent and is Founder and Artistic Director of the Nordic Music Academy, an annual summer school whose vision it is to create conscious and focused musical development based on quality and committment. 

Nikolaj Znaider plays the Antonio Stradivarius "ex-Liebig" 1704 on extended loan to him by The Royal Danish Theater through the generosity of the VELUX FOUNDATIONS and the Knud Højgaard Foundation.
Last updated: February 28, 2007
Nikolaj Znaider