Yalda Zamani was born in Algiers and grew up in Tehran and is among the foremost interpreters of modern and contemporary music of her generation in Europe. As a passionate advocate for contemporary music, she collaborates regularly with composers around the world, and has worked directly with many of the leading conductors and composers of the day such as Helmut Lachenmann, Susanna Mälkki, Peter Eötvös, Beat Furrer, Enno Poppe, Stefano Gervasoni, Bernhard Gander and HK Gruber among others, and conducted successful performances with various ensembles in venues and festivals such as the Darmstadt New Music Festival, Klangspuren Schwaz, Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, Time of Music Festival in Finland, Wien Modern Festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek in Utrecht, IMPULS Graz Festival, ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Royaumont Abbey in France, The Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Krakow and Vienna Musikverein in Austria, etc. In March 2019 she conducted the world premiere of 'Mondrian' for Harpsichord and six players by Gary Carpenter, Commissioned by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society for Ensemble 10/10. Yalda's debut with the Klangforum Wien at the Konzerthaus Wien and at the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens, residency as Artist-in-Residence at the European network of opera academies, Conductor Residence 2019 and participation at the Atelier des Créatrices d’Opéra of the Académie du Festival d’Aix-en Provence, participation at the Wien Modern Festival in Vienna with the ensemble Ascolta, engagements with the Viennese ensemble Reconsil as its principal guest conductor, and engagements with The Youth Symphony Orchestra of Lower Austria are among her future activities.
As recipient of the “Start-Stipendium”, awarded by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture in 2015, identified as a promising young conductor by the Ulysses Network - IRCAM artistic committee in France from 2017, semi-finalist and Orchestra Prize-winner at the Jeunesse Musicales International Conducting Competition in Bucharest in 2018 and finalist of the Workshop with Critical Orchestra in Berlin, Yalda Zamani started off her musical training in piano, composition and singing, and received a scholarship to study composition in the USA in 2009, but her growing passion for conducting after assisting with the Iran-Austria Symphony Orchestra in Tehran led Yalda to her studies in orchestral conducting and harpsichord performance in Vienna, where she graduated with distinction. After her debut with the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra at the ORF RadioKulturhaus in Vienna, she was selected by the Ensemble Modern in Germany to work closely with this ensemble, and received a scholarship from the German Government to work within the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt am Main.
Yalda Zamani holds degrees from the Music and Arts University of the city of Vienna in Austria, and the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts (HfMDK) in Germany. In addition, her fascination for science and technology, and her never-ending curiosity lead her into an extraordinary path of studying software engineering and cognitive science in the past.
She is currently living and working in Berlin.