Yoav Talmi


YOAV TALMI - Conductor & Composer

Yoav Talmi, recipient of the 2013 Prime Minister Prize for Composers, is one of the most successful and well-known Israeli conductors-composers today.

Born in Israel, Talmi is a graduate of the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv and the Juilliard School in New York, where he earned degrees in both composition and conducting with grants from the America Israel Cultural Foundation (AICF).

Maestro Talmi holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Laval University in Quebec, the title of Conductor Emeritus of the Quebec Symphony in Canada and is the Head of Orchestral Conducting Department at the University of Tel Aviv's Buchmann-Mehta School of Music.

Talmi held positions as Principal Guest Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic, Music Director of the Arnhem Philharmonic, Hamburg Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Quebec Symphony and the Israel Chamber Orchestra. He was one of the founders and first Music Director of the New Israeli Opera.

Talmi’s guest conducting engagements include all the major London orchestras, the Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Symphony Orchestras of Vienna, Hamburg and Prague, the Philharmonic Orchestras of St. Petersburg, Oslo, Stockholm, Warsaw. Munich and Israel, the Orchestre National de France, Zurich’s Tonhalle, Rome’s Santa Cecilia, and numerous radio orchestras in Israel, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Poland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Finland and Sweden. In Japan he has conducted several times the NHK Symphony, the New Japan Philharmonic and the Tokyo Symphony and in North America the orchestras of Pittsburgh, Detroit, St. Louis, Houston, Dallas, Indianapolis, Montreal, Vancouver, Rochester, Seattle, and others.

Talmi’s compositions include, among others, his ‘De Profundis’ for choir & Orchestra, ‘Animi Motus’ for children (or women) choir and orchestra, ‘Elegy for Strings, Timpani & Accordion’ (‘Dachau Reflections’), ‘Clarinet Quintet,‘Music for Flute & String Orchestra’, ‘Suite of Israeli Songs’ for Flute & chamber orchestra (or Piano), ‘Dreams’ (‘Halomot’) for choir a cappella, ‘Three Monologues’ for Flute (or Cello) solo and many other orchestrations, transcriptions and arrangements for orchestra and chamber ensembles.


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