"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."
Currently Assistant Conductor of Ensemble InterContemporain (Paris, France), Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestras at Gettysburg College (Gettysburg, PA), Artistic Director of the New Philharmonic (Omaha, NE), and formerly Assistant Conductor of Ensemble Modern and Conductor of the International Ensemble Modern Academy (Frankfurt, Germany), Artistic Director of The What's Next? Ensemble (Los Angeles, CA) and a Fulbright Fellow in Central Asia, American conductor and Zimbabwean native Vimbayi Kaziboni (b. 1988) has been described as a conductor of "great intensity, without distancing, maneuvering, without indifference" (Neue Musikzeitung, Cologne).
His young and versatile career has taken him to performances in Australia, Austria, 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, Admiralspalast, Deutschlandfunk, Hessischer Rundfunk and Oper Frankfurt among others.
In his role as the Conductor of the 2012-13 International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA), Mr. Kaziboni led many critically lauded performances in venues and festivals throughout Europe. Concurrently he served as Assistant Conductor of Ensemble Modern, covering the work of many renowned European conductors including Stefan Asbury, Michael Boder, George Benjamin, Peter Eötvos, Johannes Kalitzke, Franck Ollu, Markus Stenz, Lucas Vis and Jörg Wiedman, and working on numerous significant projects including Heinner Goebbels opera “Landschaft mit entfernten Verwandten”, Hans Werner Henze’s “Requiem”, and the music of Steve Reich in “Loops and Lines”, a minimalist ballet co-production with Stadtstheater Wiesbaden. In September 2013 Mr. Kaziboni made his subscription debut conducting the Ensemble Modern on a program of Stockhausen and Eisler on the 2013-14 season opening concert of the Happy New Ears concert series at Oper Frankfurt.
Mr. Kaziboni has worked directly with many of the leading composers of the day that include Helmut Lachenmann, George Benjamin, Heiner Goebbels, Nicolaus A. Huber, William Kraft and Jacob TV among many others. He has led performances at Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Utrecht, NL), Cresc...Biennale (Frankfurt, DE), Klangspuren Festival (Schwaz, AU), Young Euro Classic (Berlin, DE), Freispiel (Frankfurt/Berlin, DE), Forum für Neue Musik (Cologne, DE), Taschenopernfestival (Salzburg, AU), the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Hochschulwettbewerb (Berlin, DE), Musik-Festival Quantensprünge (Karlsruhe, DE), and Voix Nouvelles (Royamont, FR).
From 2013-14 Mr. Kaziboni was a Fulbright Fellow in Tashkent, Uzbekistan where he conducted the Omnibus Ensemble, the National Youth Orchestra of Uzbekistan and was Visiting Lecturer at the State Conservatory of Uzbekistan.
In August 2014 he made his debut conducting the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie at the Freispiel Festival in Berlin and Frankfurt.
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 resides in New York City.