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.
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Apart from her wide-ranging knowledge of symphonic and choral repertoire, as a passionate advocate for modern and contemporary music, Yalda Zamani 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 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.