Guest Concert in Shanghai

Christian Thielemann Conductor
Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider Violin
Programme I

Ludwig van Beethoven

  • Violin Concerto in D major, Opus 61
  • Symphony No. 5 in c minor, Opus 67
Programme II

Ludwig van Beethoven

  • Symphony No. 6 F major, Opus 68, »Pastoral«
  • Symphony No. 7 in A major, Opus 92

As part of the Shanghai International Arts Festival

  • 30.10.2020
    20:00 Uhr
    Shanghai Symphony Hall
  • 31.10.2020
    20:00 Uhr
    Shanghai Symphony Hall

Christian Thielemann

Principal Conductor

S Since 2012/13 season Christian Thielemann has been Principal Conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden. Following engagements at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, in Gelsenkirchen, Karlsruhe, Hanover and Dusseldorf, in 1988 he moved to Nuremberg to occupy the post of Generalmusikdirektor. In 1997 he returned to his hometown of Berlin to direct the Deutsche Oper until 2004, when he became Music Director of the Munich Philharmonic, a post he occupied until 2011. In addition to his current position in Dresden, Thielemann has been Artistic Director of the Salzburg Easter Festival since 2013, where the Staatskapelle is resident orchestra.

In previous seasons Christian Thielemann has contributed greatly to the birthday celebrations for Wagner and Strauss. At the same time he has explored a wide range of music from Bach to Henze, Rihm and Gubaidulina in Dresden and on tour. In the Semperoper he recently conducted new productions of »Der Freischütz« and »Ariadne auf Naxos« while for the Salzburg Easter Festival he interpreted »Die Walküre« and »Tosca«.

Christian Thielemann maintains close ties to the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, whose New Year’s Concert he conducted in 2019. Following his debut at the Bayreuth Festival in 2000, he has returned every

year to thrill audiences with benchmark interpretations. After serving five years as the festival’s Musical Advisor, in June 2015 he became its Music Director. In addition, he has been invited to conduct the leading orchestras of Europe, the United States, Israel and Asia.

As a UNITEL exclusive artist, Christian Thielemann has a comprehensive catalogue of recordings. His most recent projects with the Staatskapelle have been to record the symphonies of Johannes Brahms and Anton Bruckner as well as numerous operas.

Christian Thielemann is an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London and holds honorary doctorates from the Franz Liszt University of Music in Weimar and the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. In May 2015 he was awarded the Richard Wagner Prize by the Richard Wagner Society of the city of Leipzig, followed by the Prize of the Semperoper Trust in October 2016. He is patron of the Richard-Wagner-Stätten in Graupa as well as the 49th International youth competition »jugend creativ« of the Volksbanken and Raiffeisenbanken. In 2019 he was awarded honorary membership of the Gustav Mahler Society in Hamburg. His recordings have been showered with awards.

Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider


Nikolaj Znaider is not only one of the most celebrated violinists of today, he is also one of the most versatile artists of his generation, thrilling audiences as a soloist, conductor and chamber musician. Since 2010 he has been principal guest conductor at St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre, and has also worked with ensembles such as the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and the orchestras of Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. As a violinist he remains one of the most sought-after artists on the international stage, performing with all the great orchestras and star conductors, including Daniel Barenboim, Herbert Blomstedt, 

Gustavo Dudamel, Mariss Jansons, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta and Christian Thielemann. In the 2008/2009 season he displayed his versatility within the »Artist Portrait« programme of the London Symphony Orchestra, while in the 2012/2013 season he received a »Carte blanche« from Vienna’s Musikverein. Nikolaj Znaider has enjoyed a close relationship with the Staatskapelle Dresden for the past six years, both as a soloist and conductor. In the 2010/2011 season Nikolaj Znaider was Capell-Virtuos of the Staatskapelle.