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Severance Hall
December 5 – Thursday at 7:30 p.m. 

December 6 – Friday at 11:00 a.m.* 
December 6 – Friday at 8:00 p.m. 
December 7 – Saturday at 8:00 p.m. 

Guest Artist

Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider

Danish musician Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider is acclaimed as both a violinist and conductor.  He has served as principal guest conductor of the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra since 2010.  This season, he leads the Orchestre National de Lyon on tour to Russia and will become the ensemble’s music director with the 2020-21 season.  This season, he is also artist-in-residence with the Vienna Symphony, as both conductor and soloist.  Other recent and future conducting engagements include opera productions with the Dresden Semperoper and Royal Danish Opera, as well as conducting the orchestras of Chicago, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, and Stockholm, and the London Symphony Orchestra.  As a strong advocate for identifying and fostering new generations of artists, he is president of Denmark’s triennial Nielsen Competition.  His discography features recordings from both the concerto and chamber music repertoire.  Born to Polish-Israeli parents, Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Juilliard School, and the Vienna Conservatory.  Mr. Szeps-Znaider made his Cleveland Orchestra debut in 1999 as a concerto soloist.  His Cleveland Orchestra conducting debut was in February 2014.  

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