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Szeps-Znaider Plays Beethoven’s Violin Concerto

Nov 09 - Nov 12


From its opening timpani beat to its dance-like conclusion, Beethoven’s triumphant Violin Concerto — performed here by Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, whose playing has been praised as “powerful, secure, and expressive” (Bachtrack) — has inspired audiences for generations. The program, conducted by Stéphane Denève, begins with Carlos Simon’s meditation on fate, and it ends with Saint-Saëns’s mighty Organ Symphony.



7:30 PM





8:00 PM





8:00 PM





2:00 PM




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Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall


1 Hour 45 Minutes with Intermission

Additional Info
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Program Notes

Carlos Simon

Fate Now Conquers



Violin Concerto



Symphony No. 3, Organ



  • Stéphane Denève


    Stéphane Denève is music director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, artistic director of the New World Symphony, and principal guest conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. He recently concluded tenures as principal guest conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra and music director of the Brussels Philharmonic, having previously served as chief conductor of Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR) and music director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Recognized internationally for the exceptional quality of his performances and programming, he regularly appears at major concert venues with the world’s greatest orchestras and soloists. He has a special affinity for the music of his native France, and is a passionate advocate for music of the 21st century.

    In North America, Denève made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra — with which he has appeared several times both in Boston and at Tanglewood — and he regularly conducts ensembles including the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and National Symphony Orchestra (of Washington, DC). He is also a popular guest at numerous US summer music festivals, including the Hollywood Bowl, Music Academy of the West, and the Bravo! Vail, Blossom, Grand Teton, and Sun Valley music festivals.

    Denève’s recent and upcoming international engagements include appearances in Europe with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra sinfonica dell’accademia nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre national de France, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Vienna Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, DSO Berlin, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, WDR Cologne, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he was invited to conduct the 2020 Nobel Prize concert. In Asia he has conducted the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and Seoul Philharmonic.

    A gifted communicator and educator, Stéphane Denève is committed to inspiring the next generation of musicians and listeners. In addition to his position with the New World Symphony and his longstanding relationship with the Colburn School, he has worked regularly with young people in programs including those of the Tanglewood Music Center, European Union Youth Orchestra, and Music Academy of the West.

    Learn more about Stéphane Denève
  • Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider


    A virtuoso violinist, Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider maintains his reputation as one of the world’s leading exponents of the instrument with a busy calendar of concerto and recital engagements. The 2023–24 season marks his fourth as music director of the Orchestre National de Lyon, a partnership that has been extended until 2026–27. In addition to the New York Philharmonic, his guest appearances as a violinist include the Danish National Symphony, The Cleveland, Israel Philharmonic, and Chicago Symphony orchestras, as well as the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, where he combines his roles as performer and conductor. He also returns to London’s Wigmore Hall with pianist and longtime collaborator Saleem Ashkar.

    Learn more about Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider
  • Kent Tritle


    Kent Tritle has been the organist of the New York Philharmonic since 1994 and of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1993. He is also director of cathedral music and organist at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City, where he leads the Great Music in a Great Space series. In 2015 he became chair of the organ department of the Manhattan School of Music, a historically distinguished program whose alumni include David Higgs, now the chairman of the acclaimed Eastman School Organ Department.

    Learn more about Kent Tritle

Special Thanks

Lead support for these concerts is provided by The Berry Charitable Foundation.

Stéphane Denève’s appearances are made possible through the Charles A. Dana Distinguished Conductors Endowment Fund.

Support for Stéphane Denève‘s appearance on November 9 is provided by the Jaye Penny Gould Foundation.

The Digital Organ is made possible by Ronnie P. Ackman and Lawrence D. Ackman.


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