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Vimbayi Kaziboni

About this Artist

Widely sought-after for his depth of approach and his interpretive imagination and expressivity, Zimbabwean-born conductor and curator, 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, Portugal, 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, Davies Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Philharmonie de Paris, Elbphilharmonie, Deutschlandfunk, Hessischer Rundfunk, Sala Sao Paulo, among others. 

In the 2021-22 season Kaziboni makes debuts at the Berlin Philharmonie, Kölner Philharmonie, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Wiener Konzerthaus, Royal Concertgebuow, and at festivals/series that include Beethovenfest Bonn, Donaueschingen Muziktage, Music Viva (Munich), Spoleto Festival (Charleston), Miller Theatre Composer Portrait Series (New York), and LA Phil Green Umbrella Series (Los Angeles). He will return to conduct the London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Contrechamps, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and will make debuts with the BBC Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Lyric Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, and Grossman Ensemble (Chicago). He will premiere new works by Georg Frederic Haas, George Lewis, Hannah Kendall, inti figgis-vizueta, Heiner Goebbels, and Felipe Lara, among many others. Highlights include a collaboration with director Yuval Sharon, in a new and visionary production of Puccini’s La Bohéme (Boston Lyric Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Spoleto Festival), premiering and touring a new evening-length work for large orchestra and mixed media by the German director-composer, Heiner Goebbels with the Ensemble Modern Orchestra (EMO) throughout Western Europe, conducting Gérard Grisey’s spectralist magnum opus, Les Espaces Acoustiques with the orchestra of the Geneva Haute École de Musique and Ensemble Contrechamps in Switzerland, leading Ensemble Intercontemporain in a week-long Boston residency, and conducting the portrait concert of Brazilian composer, Felipe Lara at Miller Theatre in New York City. Later in the summer he’ll assume a role as Assistant Conductor for Sir Simon Rattle at the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall in London. 

Kaziboni currently serves on the artistic leadership team of the Boston Lyric Opera as Artistic Advisor, Artist-in-Residence with the International Contemporary Ensemble, a fellow at the Hermitage Artist Retreat, Music Director and Conductor of the Composers Conference, and Assistant Professor of Orchestral Studies and Contemporary Music at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Previously he has served in roles as Conductor of the International Ensemble Modern Academy - IEMA (Frankfurt), Assistant Conductor of Ensemble Intercontemporain (Paris), Director of Orchestral Activities at Gettysburg College, Artistic Director of What’s Next? Ensemble (Los Angeles) and the New Philharmonic (Omaha), and Artistic-in-Residence at Illkhom Theatre with the Omnibus Ensemble (Tashkent).

A conductor who “clearly knows his way around an avant-garde score” (The Times - London), critics have hailed Kaziboni among the foremost interpreters of modern and contemporary classical music of his generation. He has had a long association with two of the foremost orchestras of contemporary music in Europe: Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt) and Ensemble Intercontemporain (Paris), where he served as Assistant Conductor at the beginning of his career and now prolifically collaborates with as a guest conductor and curator. Recent collaborators have also included the San Francisco Symphony, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Omaha Symphony, London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Contrechamps (Geneva), International Contemporary Ensemble (New York), Hamburg Camerata, the Dream Unfinished (New York), Composers Conference Ensemble (Waltham), Omnibus Ensemble (Tashkent), the Martha Graham Dance Company (New York), among many others.

Having worked directly with many of the leading composers of the day that include Helmut Lachenmann, Steve Reich, George Benjamin, Augusta Read Thomas, George Lewis, Liza Lim, Heiner Goebbels, Morten Lauridsen, Dai Fujikura, Rebecca Saunders, Matthias Pintscher, Olga Neuwirth, Bruno Mantovani, Nicolaus A. Huber, Jacob TV, among many others, Kaziboni has led hundreds of premieres of new works at festivals across the globe that include Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Utrecht), Festival ManiFeste (Paris), Voix Nouvelles (Royamont), SoundState (London), Taschenopernfestival (Salzburg), Klangspuren Festival (Schwaz), Maerzmusik (Berlin), Young Euro Classic (Berlin), the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Hochschulwettbewerb (Berlin), Cresc…Biennale (Frankfurt), Happy New Ears (Frankfurt), Freispiel (Frankfurt), Acht Brücken (Cologne), Forum für Neue Musik (Cologne), Ruhrtrienalle (Essen), Musik-Festival Quantensprünge (Karlsruhe), Bishkek International Jazz Festival, Composers Conference (Waltham), VIVO Music Festival (Columbus), Mostly Mozart Festival (New York), Festival de Inverno de Campos do Jordão (Sao Paulo), among many others.  

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.