Born November 17, 1965 in Israel
Citizenship United Kingdom, Israel
Languages Hebrew, English, German, Spanish, Italian

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Ronen Nissan, born in Israel,  is a very versatile conductor and arranger whose repertoire rangers from symphonic and sacred music to works by composers persecuted by the Nazis, to crossover , film music and even tango projects. Mr. Nissan served until recently as the Music Director of the  St Stephan Choir and Chamber Orchestra (Tulln, Austria), where he regularly led performances of sacred music. He served as well as conductor of the choir of Vienna’s principal Synagogue and as Assistant with the Neue Oper Wien (New Opera Vienna) and the Wiener Operntheater (Vienna Opera  Theater).
His guest conducting engagements include leading both the Berliner Symphoniker  (2017/8) and the German radio orchestra (2012/3) on concert tours in China.
During 2014-5 Mr. Nissan led the soloists, choirs, ballets, and orchestras of the Stara Zagora and the Veliko Tarnovo Operas (Bulgaria) in a series of  Strauss Gala and Classic Hollywood film concerts (including own arrangements of music from Chaplin to Mancini to John Williams).
In September 2014 Mr. Nissan led a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic (Czech Republic), after which he was awarded a Bronze Medal by the Bishop of Lower Austria for his contribution for the promotion of sacred music. The same year he also had his debut with the Opole Philharmonic Orchestra (Poland).
His project, “The Well Seasoned Clarinet”, written and arranged especially for clarinetist Andy Miles, had its premiere with the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra (Germany) in 2013.
In his native country, Mr. Nissan has conducted the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in a series of concerts for young adults, the Israel Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra and the Ashdod Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Nissan also led the Spirit of Europe Chamber Orchestra (Austria) on two concert tours in Israel. He worked with orchestras in Italy (Orchestra Sinfonica di Terni), in the Czech Republic (Budweis Kammerphilharmonie), in Argentina (Santa Fe, Rosario, Parana and Bahia Blanca) as well as in Liechtenstein and Turkey.
Ronen Nissan is also an active arranger and guitarist. He leads the Vienna Tango Quintet, with whom he performed in Austria, Sweden, and Turkey. As part of Duo Shira, he regularly accompanies singer Shira Karmon in performances of ancient Jewish Spanish music, with concerts in Austria, Germany, and Israel.
Mr. Nissan earned both his Master’s and Bachelor’s degree at the Mannes College of Music in New York City.


2018 Second Conductor Berliner Symphoniker China Tour
2017 Music Director Vienna Central Synagogue Men’s Choir
1998 – 2016 Music Director, St. Stephan Choir and Chamber Orchestra, Tulln, Austria
1999 – 2000 Music Director, Akademisches Symphonie Orchester, Vienna
1996 – 1998 Assistant Conductor Neue Oper Wien and Wiener Opern Theater (conducted operas by Britten, Kurt Weil, Penderecki,  Hans Eissler, Harrison Birtwistle etc)
1994 – 1996 Conductor, The Mannes String Ensemble, New York, USA

Guest Conducting

2015Hollywood Gala Stara Zagora Opera
2014 Strauss Gala Tournée with the soloists, choir, ballet and orchestra of the MDT „Konstantin Kisimov“ (Bulgaria)
2014 Hollywood Gala orchestra of the MDT „Konstantin Kisimov“
2014 Opole Philharmonic Orchestra (Poland)
2014-12, 2009 Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonie
2013 The Well Seasoned Clarinet“ project with Andy Miles and the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra
2012/13 German Radio Orchestra, 13 – concert  tour of China
2012 Israel Nethanya Kibbutz Orchestra : Seven concert tour with Andy Miles (Clarinet)
2011 Conducting course on Beethoven’s second symphony at the Instituto Superior de Musica, Santa Fe, Argentina
2011 Jury member, arranger and conductor, Final concert of the „Guitar Gem“ International guitar festival (Israel Nethanya Kibbutz Orchestra)

Previous engagements with:

  • Orquesta Provincial de Bahia Blanca, Argentina
  • Ashdod Symphony Orchestra, Israel
  • Conducting course and concert, Instituto Cultural Municipal, Conservatorio de Música, Bahia Blanca, Argentina
  • Conducting course and final concert, Instituto Coral de la Provincia und Fundacion Merides, Santa Fe, Argentina
  • „Das Kleine Orchester Wien“, Vienna, Austria
  • Assistant to Maestro Lior Shambadal, Academia delle Arti e dei Sapere, San Gemini, Italy
  • Szentendre chamber orchestra, Hungary
  • Spirit of Europe chamber orchestra, Vienna, Austria
  • Concert tours to Israel with the Spirit of Europe chamber orchestra, (Vienna) : performances in Tel Aviv (Biennale – Tel Aviv Art Museum), Jerusalem (YMCA Concert Hall), Nazareth.
  • South Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Orchestra Sinfonica di Terni, Italy
  • “Keynote” concerts for young adults with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Mersin Chamber Orchestra, Mersin, Turkey
  • Cukurova State Symphony Orchetra, Adana, Turkey
  • Orquestra Sinfonica de Entre Rios, Parana, Argentina
  • Orquesta Sinfonica Provincial de Rosario, Argentina
  • Rheinberger Jubilee Special Concert, Eschen, Liechtenstein
  • Ars Nova, Coro Feminino Voces, Santa Fe, Argentina
  • “Eine Reise in den Weltraum” Family Concert, Berliner Symphoniker, Berlin, Germany


1996-97 Guest Student, Choir Conducting, Musikhochschule, Vienna, Austria
1992-94 Masters of Music, Mannes College of Music, New York, USA
1989-92 Bachelor of Music, Mannes College of Music, New York, USA
Orchestral Conducting studies with Michael Charry Piano studies with Hugo Goldenzweig
1988-89 Manhattan School of Music, Guitar studies with Manuel Barruecco
1986-88 Jerusalem Academy of Music, Israel
1983-86 Israel Defense Forces Orchestra, Clarinet studies
1973 Start Guitar studies


Symphonic Workshops

2005 Campus delle Arte e dei Sapere, San Gemni, Italy – Professor: Lior Shambadal
2004 Europa Choir Academy – Professor: Sylvain Camberling
2002 Europäisches Musikfest, Radio Symphonie Orchester Stuttgart, Germany – Professor: Sir Roger Norrington
1999, 2000 Bach Akademie, Stuttgart, Germany – Professor: Helmuth Rilling
1998 International Choral Association Workshop, Belgien – Professor: Frieder Bernius
1997 Accademia Chigiana, Siena, Italy – Professor: Gian-Luigi Gelmeti
1996 International Bartok Seminar, Szombathely, Ungarn – Professors: Peter Eötvös, Robert Houlihan
1994 Opera Conducting Workshop-Silesian State Theater, Oprava, Tschechien
1991, 1993 Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, Zlin, Tschechien – Professors: Jiri Behlolavek, Kirk Trevor, Zdenek Bilek,  Georg Tintner

Con­duc­tors Guild Workshops


  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Knoxville Symphony, Mannes Orchestra
  • Curtis Institute Orchestra, Chicago University Orchestra
  • New World Symphony Orchestra, Miami
  • Professors: Michael Charry, Catherine Comet, Sergiu Commissiona, Samuel Jones, Gustav Meier, Max Rudolf, Tsung Yeh


1992 Felix Salzer Techniques of Music Award
1992 Academic Excellence Award