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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

RAM appoints Nikolaj Znaider as visiting professor

11:54, 4th December 2017

The Royal Academy of Music has appointed violinist and conductor Nikolaj Znaider as Viotti visiting professor 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 held the same position with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra.

Passionate about supporting the next generation of musical talent, he founded the Nordic Music Academy summer school, of which he was artistic director for ten years, and is now president of the Nielsen Competition.

Znaider said: ‘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.’

RAM principal Jonathan Freeman-Attwood said: ‘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.’

Other RAM visiting professors include Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Semyon Bychkov, Imogen Cooper, James Ehnes, Stephen Hough, Steven Isserlis, Simon Keenlyside, Angelika Kirchschlager, Oliver Knussen, Tasmin Little and Claude-Michel Schönberg.

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