Ronen Nissan

Ronen Nissan

Born in Israel Ronen Nissan is a very versatile conductor and arranger whose repertoire rangers from symphonic and sacred music to works by composers persecuted by the Nazis, to film music and even to tango projects.

Nissan had been working as the Music Director of the St Stephan Choir and Chamber Orchestra (Tulln, Austria) for 15 years, where he regularly led performances of sacred music. He also was the Conductor of Vienna’s principal Synagogue choir and the Assistant in the New Opera Vienna (Neue Oper Wien) and in the Vienna Opera Theater (Wiener Operntheater).

In recent years, Nissan has been collaborating with Israeli composer Baruch Berliner both as an arranger and as a conductor, leading performances of Berliner’s works with orchestras in Lviv, Ukraine (2021), St. Petersburg (2019) and Vienna (2018).

Further artistic collaboration – as conductor, arranger and guitarist – was most recently in Prague with the Bente Kahan Foundation (Wroclaw, Poland), presenting “Unfinished Lives” – art-, folk- and cabaret music from The Theresienstadt Ghetto.

In 2019 he led the Hallein Chamber Orchestra at the Hallein Guitar Festival. He was also the Guest Conductor of the Berliner Symphoniker (Berlin Symphony Orchestra) in 2017-2018, and of the German Radio Orchestra in 2012-2013 on concert tours in China.

Since 2018 Nissan has been collaborating with Israeli producer Nachum Slutzker.

During 2014-2015 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 his own arrangements of music). In 2014 Nissan led a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic (Czech Republic), after which he was awarded a Medal by the Bishop of Lower Austria for his contribution to the popularization of sacred music. In the same year he made his debut with the Opole Philharmonic Orchestra (Poland).

In 2013, his project “The Well Seasoned Clarinet”, written and arranged for clarinetist Andy Miles, premiered with the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra (Germany).

In his native country, Nissan conducted the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in a series of concerts for young people, the Netanya Kibbutzim Orchestra and the Ashdod Symphony Orchestra. He also led the Chamber Orchestra “Spirit of Europe” (Austria) on two concert tours of 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 of the Vienna Tango Quintet, with which he performed in Austria, Germany , Sweden, Spain, Poland Turkey and Israel.

Mr. Nissan completed his master’s and bachelor’s degrees at the Mannes College of Music in New York.