Manuel Nawri was born in Überlingen in the southwest of Germany. He studied at music academies in Freiburg and Odessa. He furthermore received a scholarship from the prestigious International Ensemble Modern Academy, as well as from the Tanglewood Music Festival. During that time, he gained practical experience by assisting, among others, Péter Eötvös at the Schwetzingen Festival.
Having completed his studies, he collaborated with several renowned ensembles, such as the Deutsches Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, the SWR Baden-Baden Freiburg Symphony Orchestra, the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Saarbrücken, the Basque National Orchestra, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Basel Sinfonietta, the Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Ballet of China Symphony Orchestra, the Bochum Symphoniker, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Musikfabrik, the Australian Elision Ensemble, and the Hongkong New Music Ensemble.
In addition to his philharmonic work, Manuel conducted productions at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Essen Theatre, the Schauspielhaus Frankfurt, the National Theater Taichung, as well as in Melbourne, Brisbane, Moscow, Hong Kong, Basel, and Paris.
Since 2013, Manuel has been the principal conductor of ‘Neue Szenen’ at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
He was invited to conduct at festivals such as the Salzburg Biennale, Warsaw Autumn, Festival d'automne Paris, eclat, Israel Festival, Melbourne International Festival, and the Tchechov Festival Moscow.
His extensive discography includes recordings with the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin, the WDR Symphony Orchestra, ensemble musikFabrik, and Ensemble Modern. His recording of clarinet concerts with Kinan Azmeh and the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin received the OPUS Klassik award 2019.
Manuel now passes his experience and enjoyment of music on to a new generation of musicians through his collaboration with youth orchestras, as well as through his teaching at the ‘Hanns Eisler’ Academy of Music Berlin since 2008, and at the Music Conservatory Saar in Saarbrücken since 2018.