Manuel Visser is a Dutch-born conductor and viola player who grew up in a musical family. With a flutist as father and harpist as mother he got influences from different angles of the musical spectrum, which planted the seed for the interest in conducting later in his career.

He started his viola study with Michael Gieler at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and after 3 years continued with Jürgen Kussmaul. After his time in Amsterdam he continued his studies with Garth Knox in Paris and with Peter Langgartner at the 'Universität Mozarteum' in Salzburg.  As a viola player Manuel Visser was prizewinner at several competitions like 'the International Competition for Young Violists' in Slovenia and enjoys an international career as chamber musician in 'historical informed performance' and 'contemporary music' groups.


For conducting Manuel studied with Lucas Vis at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. He was active participant in masterclasses by Jorma Panula, Charles Olivieri-Munroe, Achim Holub and Toby Purser with orchestras like the Philharmonie Südwestfalen, the Kammerphilharmonie Graz and the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.  


In the past years Manuel worked as assistent-conductor with the Orchestre de Chambre du Luxembourg and with conductor Jan Willem de Vriend.

He regularly conducts projects with members of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra combined with the most promising young musicians of the Netherlands.