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 cross over, 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).
In November 2019 he led the Hallein chamber orchestra as part of the Hallein Guitar Festival. In September of this year he led the “Taurida” Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg, Russia, performing among other Baruch Berliner oratorio “Genesis”, which Mr. Nissan revised expanded and re-orchestrated himself. In 2018 he led the Ton der Jugend Symphony orchestra Vienna in a Gala Concert celebrating Israel’s 70th birthday.
Further 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 to 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, Spain 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, Istanbul, Poland and Israel.
Mr. Nissan earned both his Master’s and Bachelor’s degree at the Mannes College of Music in New York City.