The Danish 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. During the 2018-2019 season he is artist in resuidence of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.
He made recordings of the violin concertos of Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms, collaborating with such orcehstras as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra.
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 November 2012 he made his conducting debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orceshtra.
Nikolaj Znaider enjoys teaching and for ten years was the artistic director of the Nordic Summer Academy, which he also founded.
As a violinist, Znaider made his solo debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2001 with Glazunov’s Violin Concerto in A minor under the baton of Mstislav Rostropovich. His last visit was in May 2016, when he performed Beethoven’s Violin Concerto under the direction of Valery Gergiev.