Ronen Nissan

conductor, arranger, guitar

­­Ronen Nissan, born in Israel, served until recently  as the Music Director of the Choir and Chamber Orchestra of St. Stephen’s, Tulln, Austria, where he regularly led performances of sacred music. Mr. Nissan served as Assistant Conductor with the Neue Oper Wien (New Opera Vienna) and the Wiener Operntheater (Vienna Opera Theater).

In 2014-5 Mr. Nissan led the soloists, choirs, ballets and orchestras of both the  Stara Zagora and  the Veliko Tarnovo Operas (Bulgaria) in a series of Strauss Gala concerts for the New Year and  a program which included his own arrangements of Hollywood film music from Chaplin to Mancini to John Williams.

 In September 2014 Mr. Nissan has 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 services in the field of sacred music. Last year he also conducted for the first time 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. A performance with the WDR radio symphony orchestra (Cologne) is scheduled for the 2015-6 season. 

During the 2012/3 Holiday season Mr. Nissan has led the German Radio Orchestra in a 13 – concert, 9- cities tour of China.

 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 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. He led the Berliner Symphoniker in a concert dedicated to the film music of John Williams.

 Ronen Nissan is also an active arranger and guitarist, and leads the Vienna Tango Quintet, with whom he recently led performances in Sweden and in Turkey. He also regularly accompanies singers on the guitar in performances of ancient Jewish Spanish music. 

Mr. Nissan earned both his Master’s and Bachelor’s degree at the Mannes College of Music in New York City. 

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Short Profile

NameNissan, Ronen
Date of Birth1965-11-17
Born inIsrael, Asia
Home LocationVienna, Austria
Main languageEnglish
Additional languages German,  Spanish; Castilian,  Hebrew,  Italian 
attended UniversitiesMannes college of Music, New York

Johann Strauss II : Frühlingsstimmen-Waltzer (Voices of Spring) op 410
Ronen Nissan conducts Strauss' sweeping waltz at new year's concert given in Shanghai's magnificent Oriental Arts Palace 
Beethoven Symphony no. 9 (selections)
Lilly Zhang-Sopran, Martina Steffl-Alt, Krilianit Cortes-Tenor, Günter Haumer-Bass,
St. Stephan Choir (Tulln, Austria), Bohuslav Martinu Filharmonie (Czech Republic),
Ronen Nissan-conductor
Live Recording 14.09.2014, St. Stephan, Tulln, Austria 
VIKTOR ULLMANN Variations and Fugue on a Hebrew Theme
The last movement from Viktor Ullmann's last piano sonata, dedicated to his own murdered children. The piece was written in the Theresienstadt concentration camp in August of 1944, a few months before Ullmann was sent by the Nazis to his death in Auschwitz.  The orchestration for large orchestra was made by Ronen Nissan. Performed in September 2013 by the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra 
Kodaly : Dances of Galanta
Ronen Nissan leads the INKO in Kodaly's sweeping masterpiece based on Hungarian melodies the composer heard during his childhood in Galanta (selections). Performed in February , 2012 
Schubert Symphony no. 7 (8) "Unfinished"
Ronen Nissan conducts Schubert's masterpiece at a new year's concert given in Shanghai's magnificant Oriental Arts Palace  
The Well Seasoned Clarinet (Short Trailer)
The cycle of the four Seasons has always fascinated mankind. It inspired many great masterpieces and compositions, be it in 18th cen. Venice, 19th cen. St Petersburg or in 20th cen. New York or Buenos Aires. Even today, in the time of intercontinental flights and instant digital communication, our life is still governed by the cycle of the seasons. The aim of our Project is not just to look back at those masterpieces, from Vivaldi's "Summer" concerto to Gershwin's "Summertime" but rather to re interpret them in a new, fresh and contemporary manner.
All new arrangements, written especially by Ronen Nissan for this project for Andy Miles, put the solo Clarinet in the foreground, with the orchestra not as a mere background but rather as an equal partner in the musical dialogue.