The Danish-Israeli violinist Nikolaj Znaider studied at the conservatory in Stockholm and the Juilliard School of Music in New York. In 1997 he won the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. Since then he has been performing as a soloist with famous orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.
He made recordings of the violin concertos of Brahms, Beethoven and – with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra led by Mariss Jansons – Glazoenov.
Alongside his career as a violinist, Nikolaj Znaider is also a conductor: he is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Mariinski Theater Orchestra in Saint-Petersburg and maintains close ties with the Berliner Konzerthausorchester, the Staatskapelle Dresden and the London Symphony Orchestra.
In addition, Nikolaj Znaider enjoys teaching and for ten years was the artistic director of the Nordic Summer Academy, which he also founded.
In November 2012 Nikolaj Znaider debuted as conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. May 2010 was his most recent appearance as a soloist with this orchestra, in Elgar's Violin Concerto.