Born in Taiwan, Kimbo Ishii-Eto has performed music throughout the world. He regularly conducts in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, working in each of his four languages - German, Chinese, Japanese, and English. Mr. Ishii-Eto is Music Director of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and has just completed four seasons as Resident Guest Conductor with the Komische Oper-Berlin (KOB) where he recently conducted performances of Rigoletto, The Magic Flute, The Bartered Bride, and two Zemlinsky operas and was given the honor of conducting one of the coveted orchestra concerts presented by the KOB. Mr. Ishii-Eto's upcoming guest appearances include return engagements with the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica and the Kammerakademie Potsdam, as well as appearances with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Deutsche Kammerorchestra (Berlin). Other career highlights include guest conducting appearances throughout Asia, several NTV concert broadcasts with the Yomiuri Japan Symphony Orchestra, and his recording debut conducting the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mr. Ishii-Eto has also appeared as a guest conductor with the Shanghai Symphony, the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, the Manchester Camerata (England), the Silesian Philharmonic (Poland), the Kammerakademie Potsdam (Germany), the Bochum Symphony (Germany), the S¿nderjylland Symphony Orchestra (Denmark), Orchestra Philharmonikade (Lima, Peru), and the China Broadcast Symphony. His festival activities include conducting at the Kusatsu International Music Festival in Japan, a guest faculty appointment at the C.W. Post Chamber Music Festival (1996-1999), and two Conducting Fellowships at the Tanglewood Music Festival. For several seasons he was a Cover Conductor with both the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.

Mr. Ishii-Eto's internationally renowned conducting teachers and coaches include Sir Simon Rattle, Seiji Ozawa, Gustav Meier, Leonard Slatkin, David Zinman, Michael Charry, Max Rudolf, and Chosei Komatsu. He received his Masters degree in Conducting from the Mannes College of Music and was awarded the George & Elizabeth Gregory Award for Performance Excellence. He was a prizewinner in Denmark's (1995) Nikolai Malko International Conducting Competition. Mr. Ishii-Eto studied violin at the State Conservatory in Vienna after years of training in Japan and continued his violin studies with Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang at the Juilliard School.



' Kimbo understood, above all, how to utilize the orchestral sonority
for a display of emotion unusual for Brahms. Tragedy, playfulness, and
rapture bound together with a strikingly dense melodic texture, were set
closely together in the opening movement, and held together by the
conductor in a fascinating manner... a courageous and consequentially
convincing interpretation."

Andreas Göbel, ORB/Radio 3

"Kimbo Ishii-Eto led a strong and compelling performance..."

The Boston Globe

"...the music even danced under Ishii-Eto's baton."

Flensburg Avis

"Ishii-Eto proved an imaginative leader, attentive to his players'
needs. In Mozart's Divertimento K. 136 and Symphony No. 29, he
capitalized on the built-in opportunities for surprise. Hairpin-turn
dynamics in the divertimento and unexpected but natural-sounding tempo
shifts in the symphony were two of his more effective tactics to bring
the music to life."

Andrew L. Pincus
The Berkshire Eagle

"Kimbo Ishii-Eto offered an enterprising and fascinating programme. The
Camerata played magnificently for him.."

Manchester Evening News