"conductor vimbayi kaziboni succeeds admirably, always, to coordinate the complex network of instrumental music and operatic voices with supple metronome.
he leads with calm, and when necessary, vigorously thrusting hands through music that breathes much lament between traditional baroque and contemporary cluster."
Described as “a conductor of great intensity without distancing, maneuvering without indifference” (Neuemuzikzeitung), Zimbabwean-born conductor, Vimbayi Kaziboni (b. 1988), has led many critically lauded performances with orchestras across the globe, in Australia, Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Africa, 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, Philharmonie de Paris, Admiralspalast, Deutschlandfunk, Hessischer Rundfunk, Oper Frankfurt, Sala Sao Paulo, among others. This season he makes debuts at the Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg), Acht Brücken (Cologne), Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center (New York), Ruhrtrienalle (Essen) and the South Bank Centre (London) with the Ensemble Modern, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Ensemble Contrechamps, and the Hamburg Camerata.
Hailed among the foremost interpreters of modern and contemporary music of his generation, Mr. Kaziboni has worked directly with many of the leading composers of the day that include Helmut Lachenmann, George Benjamin, Matthias Pintscher, Rebecca Saunders, Heiner Goebbels, Olga Neuwirth, Bruno Mantovani, Nicolaus A. Huber, Manfred Trojahn, Morten Lauridsen, and Jacob TV among many others. He has led premieres of new works at festivals across the globe that include Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Utrecht), Maerzmusik (Berlin ), Sound State Festival (London), Cresc…Biennale (Frankfurt), Manifeste (Paris), Klangspuren Festival (Schwaz)), Young Euro Classic (Berlin), Freispiel (Frankfurt/Berlin), Los Angeles Composers Project (Los Angeles), Turbulences Numériques (Paris) Forum für Neue Musik (Cologne), Taschenopernfestival (Salzburg), Happy New Ears (Frankfurt), the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Hochschulwettbewerb (Berlin), Musik-Festival Quantensprünge (Karlsruhe), Voix Nouvelles (Royamont), and Festival de Inverno de Campos do Jordão (Sao Paulo), among many others.
Mr. Kaziboni has had a long association with leading contemporary music ensembles, Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt) and Ensemble InterContemporain (Paris), ensembles he served as assistant conductor at the beginning of his career and now frequently collaborates with as guest conductor. Mr. Kaziboni has also been Artistic Director of The What's Next? Ensemble (Los Angeles), Artistic Director of The New Philharmonic Omaha (Omaha, NE), and Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Activities at Gettysburg College (Gettysburg, PA), and conductor of the International Ensemble Modern Academy (Frankfurt).
A former Fulbright Fellow (2013-14), Mr. Kaziboni holds degrees from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles and the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts (HfMDK) in Germany. He now serves as Assistant Professor of Orchestral Studies and Contemporary Music at Boston Conservatory at Berklee.