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 differend angels of the musical spectrum, which planted the seed for the interest in conducting later in his career.

At 17 he started his viola study at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Michael Gieler and after 3 years he continued his study with Jürgen Kussmaul. After his time in Amsterdam he continued his studies with Garth Knox and at the 'Mozarteum' in Salzburg with Peter Langgartner. 


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 several '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 2015 Manuel worked as assistent-conductor with the Orchestre de Chambre du Luxembourg. 

In the past years he conducted several projects with members of the Radio Filharmonic Orchestra combined with the most promising musicaltalents of the Netherlands. 


photo by Michel Marang