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Soren Nissen

Soren Nissen is a professional bassist and educator living in Toronto, Canada.

He is known for his strong rhythmic and harmonic support along with technical proficiency and creativity across a number of musical genres. Soren's musical roots formed in his hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where classical piano and acoustic bass lessons introduced him to the fundamentals of music.

He began playing the acoustic bass at age 10 and by the age of 17 was principal bassist of the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra and had begun actively exploring other genres of music with a particular interest in Jazz. He moved to Toronto in 2008 to study Jazz at Humber College. Soren received his Bachelor of Music degree from Humber College in 2012 and has since been playing and teaching music full time in Toronto.

While at Humber, Soren was a three-year member of the prestigious Humber Studio Jazz Ensemble and studied with mentors such as Neil Swainson, Mike Downes, Pat LaBarbera, and Kirk MacDonald. He also performed with visiting faculty including Terence Blanchard, Danilo Perez, Guido Basso, Bob Mintzer, and Dave Holland.

Soren has attended the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music where he studied with Vijay Iyer, Linda Oh, Esperanza Spalding, Stephan Crump, Ravi Coltrane and many other world renown artists. He has been a featured guest on Jazz.FM's Jazzology and has received the Yamaha Canada Jazz Scholarship, the Toronto Musicians’ Association Moe Koffman Memorial Award, the Edward L. Frankel Award, the prestigious Oscar Peterson Award and The President's Award for his dedication to his craft.

Soren has performed with Vincent Herring, Pat LaBarbera, P.J. Perry, Oliver Jones, Adam O'Farrill, Kavita Shah, Cambell Ryga, Steven Bernstein and many other internationally renown artists.

Soren's performing and teaching have taken him throughout Canada, South America, Europe, India and the United States including an appearance at the Blue Note in New York City.

Soren is currently working in a number of projects based in Toronto including the Jeff LaRochelle Group, David Occhipinti's Camera Ensemble, The Andrew McAnsh Quintet, Emily Rockarts Band and the Jacob Damelin Group.

Soren Nissen