Currently Assistant Conductor of Ensemble intercontemporain in Paris and Director of Orchestras at Gettysburg College (Pennsylvania, USA) conductor Vimbayi Kaziboni (b. 1988) has been described as “a conductor of great intensity, without distancing, maneuvering, without indifference” (Neue Musikzeitung).
A native of Zimbabwe, Kaziboni’s young and versatile career has taken him across the globe 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. Furthermore, he has worked directly with many of the leading composers of the day that include Helmut Lachenmann, Olga Neuwirth, George Benjamin, Matthias Pintscher, Heiner Goebbels, Morton Subtonick, Nicolaus A. Huber, among many others.
A specialist of 20th-21st Century music, Mr. Kaziboni has worked extensively with two of the world’s most renowned ensembles in the realm of contemporary music: Ensemble Modern (Germany) and Ensemble intercontemporain (France). In his role as conductor of the 2012-13 International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA) Mr. Kaziboni led many critically lauded performances in venues and festivals across Germany, France and the Netherlands. Concurrently he served on numerous projects as Assistant Conductor of Ensemble Modern, covering the work of many renowned European conductors that include Peter Eötvos, Stephan Asbury, George Benjamin and Jörg Wiedman among many others. 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.
From 2008-2014, Mr. Kaziboni served as Artistic Director of The What’s Next? Ensemble, a chamber orchestra at the forefront of contemporary culture in Los Angeles, California. Under Kaziboni’s leadership, What’s Next? came to host one of the largest retrospectives of local music – The Los Angeles Composers Project – for which it received glowing reviews. In Los Angeles, Kaziboni also spent two years as Assistant Conductor of the Young Musicians Foundation’s (YMF) Debut Orchestra—a period in which he worked with a long list of renowned conductors that include Michael Tilson Thomas and film composer John Williams.
As a Fulbright Fellow in 2013-14 Mr. Kaziboni worke with the Omnibus Ensemble and the National Youth Orchestra of Uzbekistan in addition to being a Visiting Lecturer at the State Conservatory of Uzbekistan in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
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.