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
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
for a display of emotion unusual for Brahms. Tragedy, playfulness,
rapture bound together with a strikingly dense melodic texture,
closely together in the opening movement, and held together by the
conductor in a fascinating manner... a courageous and consequentially
Göbel, ORB/Radio 3
"Kimbo Ishii-Eto led a strong and compelling performance..."
"...the music even danced under Ishii-Eto's baton."
"Ishii-Eto proved an imaginative leader,
attentive to his players'
needs. In Mozart's Divertimento K. 136 and Symphony No. 29,
capitalized on the built-in opportunities for surprise. Hairpin-turn
dynamics in the divertimento and unexpected but natural-sounding
shifts in the symphony were two of his more effective tactics to
the music to life."
"Kimbo Ishii-Eto offered an enterprising and fascinating programme.
Camerata played magnificently for him.."