Vimbayi Kaziboni

Assistant Professor of Orchestral Studies and Contemporary Music

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Vimbayi Kaziboni joined the Conservatory in 2018 and is an assistant professor of orchestral studies and contemporary music.

Born in Zimbabwe, Kaziboni has led critically lauded performances with orchestras across the globe, (Australia, Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, 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, Davies Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Philharmonie de Paris, Elbphilharmonie, and Sala São Paulo. 

In the 2021-22 season Kaziboni makes debuts at the Berlin Philharmonie, Kölner Philharmonie, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Wiener Konzerthaus, Royal Concertgebouw, and at festivals/series that include LA Phil Green Umbrella Series (Los Angeles), Miller Theatre Composer Portrait Series (New York), Spoleto Festival (Charleston), Beethovenfest Bonn, Donaueschingen Muziktage, Musica Viva (Munich), and Festival ManiFeste (Paris). He will make debuts with the BBC Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Michigan Opera Theatre (Detroit), Grossman Ensemble (Chicago) and the Boston Lyric Opera. Recent collaborators have included the San Francisco Symphony, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Omaha Symphony, London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Contrechamps (Geneva), Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt), Ensemble Intercontemporain (Paris), International Contemporary Ensemble (New York), Hamburg Camerata, the Dream Unfinished (New York), Omnibus Ensemble (Tashkent), the Martha Graham Dance Company (New York), among others.

Kaziboni currently serves as artistic advisor of the Boston Lyric Opera, artist-in-residence with the International Contemporary Ensemble, a fellow at the Hermitage Artist Retreat, and music director of the Composers Conference. He has served as assistant conductor of two of the foremost orchestras of contemporary classical music, Ensemble InterContemporain (France) and Ensemble Modern (Germany), and has been assistant professor of music and director of orchestral activities at Gettysburg College (Pennsylvania), conductor of the International Ensemble Modern Academy (Germany), artistic director of the What's Next? Ensemble (Los Angeles) and the New Philharmonic (Omaha), and artist-in-residence at Ilkhom Theatre with the Omnibus Ensemble (Tashkent). 

A former Fulbright Fellow (2013–2014), Kaziboni holds degrees from the University of Southern California and the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts. In 2019, he was named Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s Teacher of the Year.

Career Highlights
  • Gérard Grisey: Les Espaces Acoustique full orchestral cycle (Geneva Haute École de Musique Orchestre and Ensemble Contrechamps, 2022)—Conductor 
  • Heiner Goebbels: House of Call world premiere (Ensemble Modern Orchestra at Berlin Philharmonie, 2021)—Music Director and Conductor
  • Desert Inn opera series (Boston Lyric Opera and Long Beach Opera, 2021)—Music Supervisor 
  • Yet Unheard (London Sinfonietta at Royal Festival Hall-Southbank Centre, 2020)—Conductor
  • Appalachian Spring ballet 75th Anniversary revival and Augusta Read Thomas: The Auditions ballet world premiere (Martha Graham Dance Company and International Contemporary Ensemble, 2019)— Music Director and Conductor