Violin Concerto In B Minor, Op. 61: III. Allegro M
Nikolaj Znaider :
Elgar Violin Concerto
NIKOLAJ ZNAIDER CELEBRATES
CENTENNIAL OF EDWARD ELGAR'S
Znaider to Perform in Washington DC, Boston, and Milwaukee in January 2010
"At 33, Znaider already stands in an elite class of violinists worldwide."
– Pittsburgh's Post-Gazette, March 2009
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Elgar Violin Concerto premiere, celebrated Danish violinist Nikolaj Znaider recorded the concerto on the very same instrument with which Kreisler performed the world premiere, conducted by Elgar himself. SONY MASTERWORKS releases the recording of the concerto, conducted by Sir Colin Davis with the Dresden Staatskapelle, on January 5, 2010 to coincide with the beginning of Znaider's world tour.
Znaider will tour the Elgar Violin Concerto globally throughout 2010, beginning in the United States. On January 7, 8, and 9, he performs the work with the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Slatkin. He reunites with Sir Colin Davis for performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on January 14, 15, 16, and 19. Then on January 22 and 23, he performs with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Edo de Waart. Znaider will also perform the work with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Davis, on November 10, 2010 – the exact anniversary of the concerto's world premiere.
Nikolaj Znaider is not only celebrated as one of today's leading violinists, but is fast becoming one of the most versatile artists of his generation uniting his talents as soloist, conductor and chamber musician.
As a soloist, Znaider is regularly invited to work with the world's principal orchestras and conductors and appears at major concert halls in recital and chamber music. An exclusive RCA RED SEAL/Sony Music recording artist, Nikolaj's award winning recordings of the Bruch, Beethoven and Mendelssohn concerti have been greeted with great critical acclaim. The most recent addition to his discography is the Brahms and Korngold Violin Concerti with the Vienna Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev.
Principal Guest Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Nikolaj Znaider has already been re-invited to conduct the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Dresden Staatskapelle, Russian National Orchestra and in forthcoming seasons, will make his conducting debuts with orchestras such as the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, and Bergen Philharmonic.
Znaider is passionate about the education of musical talent and for ten years was the Founder and Artistic Director of the Nordic Music Academy, an annual summer school whose vision is to create conscious and focused musical development based on quality and commitment.
Nikolaj 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 and the Knud H?jgaard Foundation.
Znaider joins conductor Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig for a US tour in February that will include performances of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. The violinist's recording of the concerto is available from SONY MASTERWORKS.
In July 2009, Nikolaj Znaider was voted the World's Best Violinist by Classic FM magazine.