Nikolaj Znaider celebrates centenary of Elgar Violin Concerto with Global Tour

recording on instrument Kreisler played for the premiere conducted by Elgar

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the premiere of the Elgar Violin Concerto which took place on 10 November 1910, celebrated Danish violinist Nikolaj Znaider has recorded the concerto on the very same instrument that Kreisler performed the world premiere, conducted by Elgar himself. Znaider will also tour the work globally throughout 2010 and will perform the Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Colin Davis on 10 November 2010 – the anniversary to the day of the world premiere.

The recording of the Concerto, conducted by Sir Colin Davis with the Dresden Staatskapelle, will be released by RCA RED SEAL/Sony Music in January 2010 to coincide with the beginning of the worldwide tour.

Nikolaj Znaider is not only celebrated as one of the foremost violinists of today, 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 leading orchestras and conductors and appears at major concert halls in recital and chamber music. An exclusive RCA RED SEAL/Sony Music recording artist, Znaider’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 Theatre 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, Hallé Orchestra, and Bergen Philharmonic.

Znaider is passionate about the education of musical talent, and was for ten years Founder and Artistic Director of the Nordic Music Academy, an annual summer school whose vision it was 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 Højgaard Foundation.

In July 2009, Nikolaj Znaider was voted the World’s Best Violinst by Classic FM magazine.

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