Born in Taiwan, Kimbo Ishii studied the violin with Walter Barylli in Vienna and Dorothy DeLay in New York, before taking up conducting studies with Michael Charry at Mannes College of Music. He has since worked regularly with orchestras throughout the world, including the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, the China Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dresden Philharmonic. As music director he has led the Cayagua Chamber Orchestra in Ithaca, New York, and the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra, Texas. After his engagement as conductor at the Berlin Komische Oper, he has, since 2010, served as general music director of the Magdeburg Theatre, where among other works, he has conducted new productions of Jenůfa, Tristan und Isolde, Macbeth, Der Rosenkavalier, Così fan tutte, La Bohème, Un ballo in maschera, Die tote Stadt and a number of symphony concerts. His performances with the Magdeburg Philharmonic include the first German performance of Zdeněk Fibich’s opera Die Braut von Messina and Brahms’s Fourth Symphony, recorded with Wagner’s Liebesverbot Overture.