A native of Zimbabwe based in the United States, Vimbayi Kaziboni (b. 1988) has received considerable acclaim across the globe as a scholarly, versatile, and vigorous conductor. His young career has taken him to the most prestigious concert halls, including the Walt Disney Hall (Los Angeles), Salle Cortot (Paris) and the historic Carnegie Hall (New York) among many others. In addition to performances in Zimbabwe and the United States, Kaziboni has traveled abroad on music engagements to the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the Philippines.
Kaziboni’s principal leadership role is as founding artistic director and chief conductor of the What’s Next? Ensemble, a Los Angeles-based ensemble specializing in contemporary-classical music. In 2010 Kaziboni served as an assistant for the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra in South Africa and from 2010 to 2012 he worked as an assistant conductor of the Young Musicians Foundation’s (YMF) Debut Orchestra comprised of young music professionals in Los Angeles.
Kaziboni has been awarded numerous awards, including the esteemed Irwin Fischer Music Leadership Award. In 2011 Kaziboni was invited as a distinguished fellow at the Salzburg Global Seminar on Music where he was the youngest fellow in the assembly of global leaders in music. He has in addition, participated as a conducting fellow at the European American Musical Alliance in Paris (2009), at the Conductors Institute in New York (2011), and at the Klangspuren Schwaz Tirol Festival in Austria (2011) upon the invitation of Ensemble Modern.
Kaziboni graduated with high honors from the University of Southern California (Los Angeles) in 2010. He currently resides in Frankfurt where he is the conductor of the 2012-2013 International Ensemble Modern Academy.
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