Nikolaj Znaider, violin
Robert Kulek, piano
January 29, 2018
Venue Matthews Theatre
Like so many of his violinist colleagues these days—Perlman, Zukerman, Bell—Nikolaj Znaider has also picked up an affinity for the conductor’s baton and is currently Principal Guest Conductor of Gergiev’s Kirov Orchestra. But luckily for us, he hasn’t yet given up his fiddle, which brings him to McCarter for the first time. As a violin virtuoso, he has simultaneously established relationships with certain orchestras with whom he not only plays, but regularly conducts, like the London Symphony with whom he is recording all the Mozart violin concertos. As a recitalist, you will discover both the sweetness of a Fritz Kreisler, the muscularity of a Francescatti, and his own wisdom for setting off the poetic against the prosaic.
Program: Beethoven: Sonata No. 8 | Prokofiev: Sonata No. 2 | Brahms: Sonata No. 3, Op. 108 | A selection of Shostakovich’s Preludes Op. 34, written for piano and transcribed for violin.