Yalda Zamani, born in Algiers, Algeria, grew up in Tehran, Iran, and began her musical studies in piano, singing and composition. 2009 she started to conduct as the assistant to the conductor of the Austro-Iranian Symphony Orchestra (AISO) and the Austro-Iranian Choir (AIC) at the Austrian Cultural Centre in Tehran, Iran. In 2011 she received a scholarship to study composition at the College-Conservatory of Cincinnati in the USA, followed by further studies in orchestral conducting and harpsichord performance at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität (Now Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität) in Vienna.
As a former student of Georg Mark and Andreas Stoehr in Vienna, she attended conducting master classes with Kenneth Kiesler, Colin Matters, Johannes Schlaefli and Vittorio Parisi and benefited from the advice of Simeon Pironkoff and Zsolt Nagy.
During her studies she assisted with Stravinsky's opera “The Rake's Progress” at the Akzent Theatre in Vienna, worked as assistant to the conductor Stefan Vladar at the Wiener Kammerorchester, conducted a series of performances of Franz Lehar's operetta “Die lustige Witwe” with the Franz Lehar Chamber Orchestra at the TAG Theatre in Vienna, and appeared as conductor of the ensemble version of "Frankenstein!!” (1976-77) by HK Gruber at Vienna’s Musikverein. In 2016 she made her debut with the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra at the ORF Radio Kulturhaus in Vienna.
As a passionate advocate for contemporary music, Yalda Zamani regularly collaborates with young composers around the world and conducted more than 20 premieres of new works between 2014 and 2016. She recently appeared as a conductor at the International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt and also at the new music festival Klangspuren Schwaz in the Tyrol.
In June 2016 she was selected as conductor for the Master's degree programme of IEMA, the International Ensemble Modern Academy, at the Frankfurt am Main Music Academy during the 2016-17 season.
The Iranian conductor Yalda Zamani is the recipient of the “Start-Stipendium”, a scholarship for young successful artists awarded by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture, and the Silvia Bianchera Bettinelli Scholarship as the winner of the modern and contemporary music conducting master class for her work with the Dedalo Ensemble in Brescia, Italy.
Apart from her musical studies, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in computer science and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in cognitive science at the University of Vienna, due to her interest in doing research in cognitive musicology and music psychology.
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