Maestro Yoav Talmi, recipient of the 2013 Prime Minister's Prize for composers, is celebrated as one of Israel's most distinguished conductors-composers on the international scene. Conductor Emeritus of the Quebec Symphony in Canada and Head of Orchestral-Conducting Department
at the Tel Aviv University. Talmi's 2015-2016 & 2016-2017 seasons take him to a wide number of concerts and master classes in the USA, Europe, South America and Israel.
In addition to his 13 years tenure as Artistic Director of the Quebec Symphony in Canada (1988-2011), Maestro Talmi held positions as Chief Conductor of the Hamburg Symphony (2000-2004), Music Director of the San Diego Symphony (1989-1966), Principal Guest Gonductor of the Munich Philharmonic (1979-1980), Music Director of the Arnhem Philharmonic, Netherlands (1974-1980) and Music Director of the Israel Chamber Orchestra (1984-1988 and 2013-2014). Talmi was among the founders of the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv and served as its first Music Director from 1985 to 1989.
Maestro Talmi's long and
impressive guest conducting career spans several continents. His European
engagements include all the
major London orchestras, the Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s
Concertgebouw, the Symphony Orchestras of Vienna and Prague, the
Philharmonic Orchestras of St. Petersburg, Oslo, Stockholm, Warsaw 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.
He has also made several appearances with the NHK Symphony and the New
Philharmonic Orchestras in Japan.
In North America, he has appeared with the orchestras of Pittsburgh,
Detroit, St. Louis, Houston, Dallas, Indianapolis, Montreal, Vancouver,
Rochester and Seattle, as well as the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra,
the New York Chamber Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra
(Ottawa) and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall.
Yoav Talmi’s summer activities include the Aspen Music Festival,
Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, Bergen Festival in Norway, Chautauqua
Festival (NY), Helsinki Festival, Houston’s Mostly Mozart Festival,
Jerusalem Festival, Montreal’s Lanaudière Festival and the Waterloo
Festival in New Jersey.
a seasoned recording artist, Yoav Talmi has collaborated with Chandos,
Decca, EMI, Naxos, Teldec. CBC Records (Toronto), Atma and Analekta
(Montreal). His recording of Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony with the Oslo
Philharmonic won the prestigious “Grand Prix du Disque” in Paris. Mr.
Talmi’s recording of Schoenberg and Tchaikovsky with the Israel Chamber
Orchestra for Teldec was chosen “Record of the Month” by Germany’s
Fono-Forum magazine. The London Penguin Guide gave this same recording
its highest rating. His recent recording, French Showpieces with the
Quebec Symphony and violinist James Ehnes, was chosen “Record of the
Month” by the French media magazine Repertoire, who gave this recording
a perfect rating.
Talmi’s Naxos recordings with the San Diego Symphony feature an
all-Berlioz cycle that includes the Symphonie Fantastique, the complete
overtures, Roméo et Juliette, Harold in Italy, Rêverie et Caprice,
excerpts from Les Troyens, and more. He has recorded also as pianist,
accompanying his wife, flutist Er’ella Talmi.
Although Yoav Talmi is known today primarily as a conductor, he always
finds time for composition, arrangement and orchestration. His compositions
Profundis’ for choir and orchestra (2011), ‘Animi Motus’ for orchestra and children’s (or women’s) choir (2015),
‘Elegy for Strings, Timpani & Accordion’ (‘Dachau Reflections’)
(1996), ‘Clarinet Quintet (2016), ‘Music
for Flute & String Orchestra’
(1965/2015), ‘Suite of Israeli Songs’ for Flute & Chamber Orchestra
(or Piano),‘Dreams’ (‘Halomot’) for Choir a cappella, ‘Three
Monologues’ for Flute (or Cello) solo, ‘Three
Humoresques’ for Choir a cappella and
Born in Israel, Yoav 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). He was a recipient of the
Koussevitzky Memorial Conducting Prize at the Tanglewood Festival
 and the Rupert Conductor’s Competition in London .
In Murch 2018 His 'Clarinet Quintet' won the Avidom Prize for Composer's Achievement of the year, awarded by ACUM, the Israeli corporation of authors, composers, lyricists and poets. In July 2008, Yoav Talmi was awarded the ‘Frank Pelleg’ prize of the
Israeli Cultural Ministry, for his high-level artistic achievements
through many years of activity and in August 2008 he received the
Quebec-City Medal, honoring his special contribution to the city’s 400
anniversary celebrations. in June 2009 Yoav Talmi was named "Officer of the National Order of Quebec", the most prestigious honor in Quebec and French America.
Maestro Talmi holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Laval University in Quebec, Canada.
Yoav and Er’ella Talmi have two children - Gil Talmi,
a film-score composer, living and working in Brooklyn, New York and Dana
Talmi, a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Social Work and director of Yahel, Israel Service Learning.