Znaider is Principal Guest Conductor of the Mariinsky Orchestra in St Petersburg, where this season he will conduct productions of Così fan tutte and Don Giovanni in addition to symphony music concerts. Starting in the 2015-16 season, Znaider will have his own subscription series at the Mariinsky Theatre.
Nikolaik Znaider played Mendelssohn Concerto No.2 with the Alma Chamber Orchestra on April 15th 2014 in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and on April 17th 2014 at the salle Gaveau in Paris.
He is a regular guest conductor with such orchestras as the Munich Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Hallé Orchestra and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra with which he served as Principal Guest Conductor. Following a highly successful debut conducting the Cleveland Orchestra last season, Znaider was invited to return for a two-week residency during which he will both conduct the orchestra and play concerti under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst. The 2014-15 season will see conducting and soloist collaborations with the Staatskapelle Dresden at the Osterfestspiele Salzburg and his conducting debut with the NDR Hamburg. Znaider enjoys a very special relationship with the London Symphony Orchestra, an orchestra he conducts every season.
As a soloist, Znaider continues to perform regularly with the world’s leading orchestras. Highlights of the coming season include performances with the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Bayerischer Rundfunk and Cleveland Orchestras with Franz Welser-Möst, a return to the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Andrey Boreyko and the Staatskapelle Dresden with Christian Thielemann. In addition, Znaider will be undertaking European tours with both the SWR Sinfonieorchester under Stéphane Denève and the Wiener Symphoniker under Philippe Jordan, as well as a world tour with the Gewandhausorchester under Riccardo Chailly, appearing in Leipzig, Vienna, Houston, Washington, Boston and New York. In recital and chamber music Znaider has appeared at every major concert venue across the globe.
Znaider is passionate about the education of young musical talent and founded and was for ten years Artistic Director of the Nordic Music Academy, an annual summer school the vision of which is to create conscious and focussed musical development based on quality and real commitment.
Nikolaj Znaider performs the “Kreisler” Guarneri del Gesù violin of 1741, on extended loan to him from the Royal Danish Theatre through the generosity of the VELUX Foundation and the Knud Højgaard Foundation.