Nikolaj Znaider appointed new Viotti Visiting Professor of Music

-Posted on 30.11.2017

We are delighted to announce that distinguished virtuoso violinist and conductor Nikolaj Znaider has accepted the position of Viotti Visiting Professor of Music at the Royal Academy of Music.

Znaider has worked with some of the world’s leading orchestras as both conductor and violin soloist. He has been Principal Guest Conductor of the Mariinsky Orchestra Saint Petersburg since 2010, and previously with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. As both a conductor and performer, Znaider appears regularly with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Chicago Symphony.

He is passionate about supporting the next generation of musical talent and spent ten years as Founder and Artistic Director of the annual Nordic Music Academy summer school, and is now President of the Nielsen Competition, which takes place every three years in Odense, Denmark.

Nikolaj Znaider says:

‘I am truly delighted to be appointed Viotti Visiting Professor of Music at the Royal Academy of Music, joining such an esteemed group of fellow musicians and colleagues. My role as President of the Carl Nielsen International Competitions has given me a better understanding and appreciation of how artists can – and should – help mentor the next generation of musicians. As my schedule does not allow for regular individual teaching, I am thrilled that this new role will give me a wonderful platform to work with and mentor young artists of many disciplines in a nurturing and organic way’.

Principal of the Academy, Jonathan Freeman-Attwood says:

‘Forging close relationships with artists we admire as much as Nikolaj Znaider is an important part of the Royal Academy of Music’s mission, giving our students access to a remarkably rounded musician, as violinist, conductor, collaborator and mentor. I am thrilled that Nikolaj is joining us, not least because his engagingly infectious and generous personality will be hugely well received. We also, appropriately, celebrate our priceless ‘Viotti’ violin in the title of this exciting new appointment’.

Znaider joins Visiting Professors including Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Semyon Bychkov, Imogen Cooper, James Ehnes, Stephen Hough, Steven Isserlis, Simon Keenlyside, Angelika Kirchschlager, Oliver Knussen, Tasmin Little, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Christian Thielemann.

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