Smederevska Palanka (Serbia), 1972
Composer • Performer (accordion) • Conductor

Snežana Nešić is a composer, accordionist and conductor living in Hanover. She studied at the P.I. Tchaikovsky Academy of Music in Kiev and at the University of Music University of Music, Theater and Media in Hanover (composition with Prof. Johannes Schöllhorn). Since 2011, she has been teaching new music and composition at the HMTM in Hanover. In recent years she has also taught at the HMT Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in Leipzig and was a visiting professor of composition at St. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia.

As a composer, she has won many awards, including the “Andrea Ceraso” Rome Award and 1st prizes in the the Molinari Quartet Composition Competition and the Weimar Spring International Composition Competition (Weimarer Frühjahrstage). Snežana Nešić has received compositional commissions from inter alia, Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, North German Television (NDR), Philharmonie Luxembourg, Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal, National Opera Hannover and the Chamber Opera Cologne. In addition, her compositions have been premiered at the Salzburg Biennale and the international theater festival BITEF. She has been awarded the prestigious composition scholarship of the German Academy in Rome and has been composer-in-residence at the Goethe House in Rome, the Wilhelm Kempff House in Positano, the German Study Center in Venice and in Montréal, among others.

Also, as an accordionist Snežana Nešić has won many prizes at international competitions (including first prizes at the International Accordion Competition in Klingenthal and the International Accordion Prize in Castelfidardo). She has worked as a performer with many orchestras and ensembles, including the NDR Radio Symphony Orchestra Hamburg and the Lower Saxony State Orchestra in Hanover, and has given numerous premieres and performances of works of other composers — in this context she has collaborated with Vinko Globokar, Sofia Gubaidulina, Matthias Pintscher and Manos Tsangaris.

Snežana Nešić is also artistic director and conductor of the ensemble ur.werk. Since 2021, she has been artistic director of the programme for young composers at Musik21Niedersachsen, and since December 2022, has been president for the north of Germany of the German Composers’ Association (DKV).