Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) presents

Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider in Performance and Conducting the OSM

This warm, lyrical concert showcases several soloists from the OSM alongside conductor Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, who swaps his baton for a violin bow in his performance of the string sextet from Richard Strauss’ Capriccio. Back on the podium, he then conducts Armenian composer Alexander Arutiunian’s Trumpet Concerto, as well as Austrian composer Zemlinsky’s The Mermaid, a multi-episode fantasy for orchestra colourfully depicting the heroine’s vain quest for love. 

Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, conductor and violin

After an acclaimed first year at the helm, Nikolaj Szeps-Znaiders continues his Music Directorship of the Orchestre National de Lyon. Szeps-Znaider is a regular guest conductor of the world’s leading orchestras, with upcoming returns to the podiums of the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. In a season celebrating many of his long standing relationships, Szeps-Znaider also makes his much anticipated debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Also a virtuoso violinist, Szeps-Znaider maintains his reputation as one of the world’s leading exponents of the instrument with a busy calendar of concerto and recital engagements. The 22/23 season sees appearances with the NDR Elbphilharmonie and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, as well as the Israel, Dresden and Bern Philharmonics.

His extensive discography also includes the Nielsen Violin Concerto with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic, the Elgar Concerto in B minor with Sir Colin Davis and the Dresden Staatskapelle, award-winning recordings of the Brahms and Korngold concertos with Valery Gergiev and the Vienna Philharmonic, the Beethoven and Mendelssohn concertos with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic, the Prokofiev Concerto No. 2 and Glazunov Concerto with Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony, and the Mendelssohn Concerto on DVD with Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhaus Orchestra. Szeps-Znaider has also recorded the complete works of Brahms for violin and piano with Yefim Bronfman.

Paul Merkelo, trumpet
Andrew Wan, violin
Victor Fournelle-Blain, viola
Charles Pilon, viola
Anna Burden, cello
Brian Manker, cello

R. Strauss, Capriccio, TrV 279: “Prelude for String Sextet” (12 min.)
Alexander Arutiunian, Trumpet Concerto (16 min.)
Zemlinsky, Die Seejungfrau [The Mermaid] (40 min.)

Maison symphonique
Thursday, January 19, 2023 at 10:30am

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