Anu Tali

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One of the most intriguing young conductors on the international scene today, Anu Tali belongs to a new generation of artists who are constantly searching for fresh musical ideas.

Anu Tali appears regularly with orchestras worldwide including the Japan and Tokyo Philharmonic orchestras, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre National de France, Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, and the New Jersey, Madison and Edmonton Symphony orchestras. She has also conducted the Gothenburg Symphony, Swedish Radio, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden & Freiburg, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Berliner Konzerthausorchester, Berner Symphonieorchester, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Radiosymphonieorchester Wien and Ensemble Modern.

Following a major success with a production of Carmen at Magdeburg State Opera, she was invited to conduct the Freiburger Barockorchester in a production of Gluck’s Telemaco at the Schwetzingen Festival and Theater Basel. She also recently conducted acclaimed semi-staged performances of Goebbels’ Songs of Wars I Have Seen with several ensembles including the London Sinfonietta at New York’s Lincoln Center, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in Seattle, Barcelona and London’s Southbank Centre.

Since August 2013, Anu Tali holds the position of Music Director at the Sarasota Orchestra in Florida. Simultaneously, she will continue to be Chief Conductor at the Nordic Symphony Orchestra, which Anu founded in 1997 together with her twin sister Kadri Tali in order to develop cultural contacts between Estonia and Finland and to unite musicians from around the world. Today the Nordic Symphony Orchestra has members from fifteen countries, bringing together musicians from some of the world’s leading orchestras. Further highlights in 2013/14 include performances in Sarasota and engagements with the Ruhrtriennale and Ensemble Modern.

Anu Tali made her debut recording in 2002 with Swan Flight (Finlandia/Warner Classics). This CD earned Anu Tali the 2003 Echo Classics ‘Young Artist of the Year’ Award. Other recordings include Action Passion Illusion for Warner Classics featuring works by Rachmaninov, Sibelius and Erkki-Sven Tüür. Her most recent CD, featuring Tüür’s Strata and Noēsis, was released on ECM in January 2011 and met with significant critical acclaim.

Tali has received multiple international awards for her work, including EHCO Klassik “Young Artist of the Year” (2003), Estonian “Cultural Award” (2003) and “Presidential Award” (2004), Estonian Broadcasting Corporation “Musician of the Year” (2006) and the “Annual Music Prize” of the Cultural Foundation of Estonia” (2009/10). Several broadcasting stations including ARTE, NHK Japan, YLE Finland and Deutsche Welle have produced documentaries about Tali’s work. Born in Estonia, Anu started her musical career as a pianist, graduating at the Tallin Conservatory in 1991. She then trained as a conductor at the Estonian Academy of Music, with Kuno Areng, Toomas Kapten and Roman Matsow. From 1998 to 2000 Anu Tali studied at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory with Ilya Mussin and later with Leonid Kortchmar and Jorma Panula.

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