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Danish-Israeli violinist Nikolaj 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 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 will be released on the LSO Live label in March 2018. Working at the highest level as both as conductor and as soloist, Znaider appears regularly with orchestras such as the Staatskapelle Dresden, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Chicago Symphony.

The Violin Channel recently caught up with acclaimed Znaider for this VC-exclusive guest blog, as the soloist shares his tips and insights for leading a concerto performance without a conductor.    "Tip #1: Don't do it …    GET THE TIPS