Vimbayi Kaziboni

Described as “a conductor of great intensity without distancing, maneuvering without indifference” (Neue Musikzeitung), Zimbabwean-born conductor, Vimbayi Kaziboni (*1988) has led many critically lauded performances with orchestras across the globe, in Australia, Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland the United Kingdom, the United States and Uzbekistan, performing at some of the most prestigious concert halls in the world, including Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Hall, Lincoln Center, South Bank Centre, Philharmonie de Paris, Elbphilharmonie, Deutschlandfunk, Hessischer Rundfunk, Oper Frankfurt, Sala São Paulo, among others.

In the upcoming season, Kaziboni makes debuts at the Berlin Philharmonie, Kölner Philharmonie, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Wiener Konzerthaus, Davies Symphony Hall, and the Concertgebouw. Kaziboni will also make debuts conducting the London Sinfonietta, Los Angeles Philharmonic (National Composers Intensive), San Francisco Symphony (Sound Box), the Boston Lyric Opera, the Grossman Ensemble, and will serve as assistant conductor to Sir Simon Rattle at the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall in London.

Hailed among the foremost interpreters of contemporary music of his generation, Kaziboni has worked directly with many of the leading composers that include Helmut Lachenmann, Steve Reich, George Benjamin, Heiner Goebbels, Augusta Read Thomas, John Adams, George Lewis, Liza Lim, Morten Lauridsen, Dai Fujikura, Rebecca Saunders, Matthias Pintscher, Olga Neuwirth, Bruno Mantovani, Nicolaus A. Huber, and Jacob TV and many others. Kaziboni has had a long association with two of the foremost orchestras of contemporary music in Europe: Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt), first as conductor of the International Ensemble Modern Academy (2012/13); and Ensemble Intercontemporain (Paris), first as assistant conductor (2015/17).

Kaziboni has also been artistic director of The What’s Next? Ensemble (Los Angeles), artistic director of The New Philharmonic Omaha, and director of orchestras at Gettysburg College. In addition, recent collaborators have included International Contemporary Ensemble (New York), Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Ensemble Contrechamps (Geneva), Omaha Symphony, Hamburg Camerata, Omnibus Ensemble (Tashkent) and the Martha Graham Dance Company (New York).

A former Fulbright Fellow (2013–2014), Mr. Kaziboni holds degrees from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles and the University of Music and Performing Arts Frankfurt (HfMDK) in Germany. He serves as a professor of orchestral studies at Boston Conservatory.

As of February 2017

Vimbayi Kaziboni

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