Yalda Zamani has distinguished herself with her unique and diverse background and curiosity for interdisciplinary collaborations, innovative approaches, and openness in leading renowned orchestras and soloist ensembles. Apart from her wide-ranging knowledge of symphonic and choral repertoire, as a passionate advocate for modern and contemporary music, she has given world premiere performances at numerous renowned venues and festivals including Darmstadt New Music Festival, Klangspuren Schwaz, Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, Time of Music Festival in Finland, Wien Modern Festival, Ultraschall Festival, Music Biennale Zagreb, Musikprotokoll festival in Graz, Gaudeamus Muziekweek in Utrecht, IMPULS Graz Festival, Ruhrtriennale Festival, ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, St George's Hall in Liverpool, Royaumont Abbey in France, The Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Krakow and Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Austria among others. A debut concert with the RSO Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna and the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra are among her next engagements.
Yalda Zamani graduated with distinction from the Music and Arts University in Vienna where she studied conducting and harpsichord performance, after which she was selected by Ensemble Modern as conductor and scholarship holder of the Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt. She is a former recipient of the “Start-Stipendium”, awarded by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture to young successful artists in Austria in 2015, and was identified as a promising young conductor by the Ulysses Network - IRCAM artistic committee in France in 2017-2019. In 2019 she assisted Daniel Barenboim with the rehearsals of the Boulez ensemble consisting of the musicians of the Staatskapelle Berlin. She is the winner/finalist of the “Das Kritische Orchestra” by the Dirigentenforum and Deutsche Musikrat and a featured artist at the European network of opera academies and the Academy of Festival d’Aix-en Provence where she assisted Esa-Pekka Salonen with the orchestra rehearsal of Kurt Will’s Mahagonny in France in 2019. In the same year, she was appointed as assistant conductor at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt in Austria and assisted Bas Wiegers with the production of the Salvatore Sciarrino's new opera "Il canto s'attrista per ché". She is currently the recipient of a doctoral research fellowship Pro-Exzellenzia from the city of Hamburg and the European Social Fund, which is aimed at effectively and sustainably increasing the proportion of women in leadership positions.
As the founder and artistic director of the Contemporary Chamber Orchestra Elbe, and the experimental ensemble opus glitch_, she engages in the realization of innovative projects at the intersection of music and science both as conductor, composer, and electronic music performer. She is currently doing a Ph.D. on computational creativity, interdisciplinary approaches, and the application of new technologies in music performances at the HfMT in Hamburg where she is appointed as a lecturer for the performance practice of contemporary music. As a co-founder of the WE:Shape community, She actively attempts to engage in discussions and raise awareness on the issue of the lack of diversity in the European classical music scene, and the absence of BIPOC artists in the leadership and decision-making positions.
With Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra at the Music Biennale Zagreb
On May 29th I had the great pleasure to conduct the Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra (Simfonijski orkestar Hrvatske radiotelevizije) at the 60th anniversary of Music Biennale Zagreb.
The concert was broadcasted on national TV (HRT3), and a recording of the performance including some conversations with the composers and the conductor will be accessible on the national radio (radio.hrt.hr).
At the Ultraschall Berlin_Festival für Neue Musik, with Ensemble Ascolta and Daniel Eichholz
As part of Ultraschall Berlin - Festival für Neue Musik , Ensemble Ascolta , with the wonderful Daniel Eichholz as soloist of hybrid gaits, Ruth Velten, Felix Nagl and myself, we performed a portrait concert of Stefan Keller with some fantastic music.
Ultraschall Festival. Radialsystem Berlin. Ensemble ascolta. 23. Januar 2021
Photos (c) Deutschlandfunk / Simon Detel
Finalist at 'Das Kritische Orchester' 2019
l am grateful for being selected as one of the finalists of 'Das Kritische Orchester' 2019, a project of Dirigentenforum and Deutscher Musikrat under the direction of Prof. Lothar Strauss, 1st. concertmaster of the Staatskapelle Berlin, which gives young conductors at the beginning of their career to opportunity to work with and receive feedback from members of orchestras such as the Staatskapelle Berlin, Staatskapelle Dresden, Deutsche Oper, Komische Oper, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, NDR-Elbphilharmonie-Orchester, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Niedersächsisches Staatsopernorchester, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn and others.
World Premiere of Gary Carpenter’s ‘Mondrian’ for harpsichord and six players
In March 27th, I had the opportunity to share the stage of the St George's Hall concert room in Liverpool with the wonderful harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, Jonathan Small and the musicians of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble 10/10, to present a program of the 20th century classics by Dutilleux, Hindemith, Falla, and the world premiere of 'Mondrian', for Harpsichord and six players by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Composer in association Gary Carpenter.
March 27, 2019 at 7:30 PM
St George Hall's Concert Room
Klangwerkstatt Berlin Festival für Neue Musik: Swinger's Club with Zafraan Ensemble
On October 3rd. Zafraan Ensemble in Berlin exchanged its repertoire with Ensemble Lemniscate from Basel, both presenting works by Samir Odeh-Tamimi, Hèctor Parra, Andreas Eduardo Frank, Francesco Filidei, Carola Bauckholt, Hendrik Rungelrath, Sarah Nemtsov and Matthew Shlomowitz, and I had the opportunity to share the stage of the Klangwerkstatt Berlin - Festival für Neue Musik with these wonderful musicians.
Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 9 PM
Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin, Germany
Stefano Gervasoni's "Nube Obbediente" with Divertimento Ensemble @ Rondo 2018 Festival
'Nube Obbediente' (2011), versione concertante for trombone, percussion and ensemble, Stefano Gervasoni's wonderful piece for Trombone, Percussion and Ensemble, with Divertimento Ensemble, Adrian Albaladejo (trombone) and Elio Marchesini (percussion) at the Teatro Litta in Milan, Italy.
12. September 2018
Corso Magenta, 24, 20123 Milano MI, Italy
Orchestra Prize at the Jeunesses Musicales Conducting Competition in Bucharest
I'm thrilled to announce that I won the Orchestra Prize at the 9th edition of the Jeunesses Musicales conducting competition in Bucharest! I would like to thank the Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra, Sigmund Thorp, the president of the jury, the jury members and the organization team of the competition and the Elite Club UNESCO to make this journey possible for me.
'GREYLANDS': Ensemble Reconsil @ Reaktor Vienna
The talented musicians of Ensemble Reconsil are up on the stage of Reaktor tonight, and as their principal guest conductor, I had the privilege to collaborate with them once again to present this program:
Francesco CIURLO (IT/GER): Greylands (austrian premiere)
Peter Jacober (AT): Vom Kreis brechen
Alireza FARHANG (IR/FR): Eiwān (austrian premiere)
Valentín PELISCH (ARG): Tris (austrian premiere)
Jannis MALLOUCHOS (GR/AT): Piano Trio
Klaus LANG (AT): Drei goldene Gesichter
ensemble reconsil vienna / Yalda Zamani
Wien 17, Geblergasse 40
Wednesday, June 6th, 19:30
Platypus Ensemble: Mauro Hertig Portrait Concert+ Austrian Broadcast @ ORF Radiokulturhaus
In a collaboration between ORF Radiokulturhaus (Austrian national broadcast) and Jeunesse Vienna, I had the privilege to conduct a portrait concert, which has been broadcast on Ö1 radio May 14, 2018.
The program consisted of a range of Mauro Hertig"s pieces from 2011 to today, including the premiere of new ensemble piece Triad Hihat. Other pieces performed were Stift & Papier I, Stift & Papier II, Vektorium, Tandem Trapez, Ping Pol, Flugmagnet, Slope Motion, Triad Hihat.
Mi 02.05.2018 | 20.00 | Großer Sendesaal
ORF Radiokulturhaus, Argentinierstraße 30a, 1040 Wien
Jeunesse in Zusammenarbeit mit dem ORF RadioKulturhaus / Ö1
Selected as Promising Young Conductor by the Ulysses Network/IRCAM
I am very happy to announce that the European-wide Ulysses Network / IRCAM artistic committee has selected me as Promising Young Conductor. This will enable me to take a journey of residencies all over Europe throughout the years 2017-2020.
Needless to say I am very excited for about this and am looking forward to travelling a lot in the upcoming years!