Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider
(c) George Lange

Violinist Nikolaj Znaider has been appointed President of the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition. Hosted by the Odense Symphony Orchestra, the 10th edition will take place from 16 – 22 April 2016. The competition is open for violinists of all nationalities under the age of 30. The competition’s website is open for registration and application deadline is November 1.

The jury comprises a number of leading musicians and orchestral managers, amongst others Corina Belcea (violin), Jian Wang (cello), Noah Bendix-Balgley (first concert master, Berlin Philharmonic) and John Gilhooly (Director of the Wigmore Hall, London). Nikolaj Znaider – who himself won the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition in 1992 – has worked in collaboration with Danish music schools, institutions and young string students from across Denmark and invited them to join a youth academy which will perform at the competition’s opening ceremony on April 16.

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