Anu Tali

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Music Director

The thunderous roar from the audience after the last note was more like a crowd witnessing a grand-slam homer.

June Lebell,

As one of the most intriguing young conductors on the 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 Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, and the New Jersey, Madison and Edmonton Symphonies. She has also conducted the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg (making her debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2006), Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden & Freiburg, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Berner Symphonieorchester and Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. 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 as well as at Basel Opera.

Highlights of the current season include debuts with Orchestre National de France in Paris and Vienna Radio, re-invitations by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Münchner Rundfunkorchester and Musikkollegium Winterthur as well as a tour through Europe with the Nordic Symphony Orchestra. 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, at London’s Southbank Centre as well as in Barcelona and Seattle.

Together with her twin sister Kadri, Anu Tali founded the Nordic Symphony Orchestra in 1997 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 the world’s leading orchestras. In autumn 2007 the orchestra undertook its first European tour to Berlin and Munich.

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 great critical acclaim.

In 2003, Anu Tali received the Cultural Award of Estonia and the ‘Presidential Award of Estonia’ in 2004 for her work introducing Estonian music to the world. Anu was also named ‘Musician of the Year 2006’ by the Estonian Broadcasting Corporation. Several broadcasting stations, amongst them ARTE, NHK Japan, YLE Finland and Deutsche Welle, produced documentaries about Anu Tali’s work.

Born in Estonia, Anu started her musical training as a pianist, graduated from the Tallinn Conservatory in 1991 and continued her studies at the Estonian Academy of Music as a conductor 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.

Anu Tali was appointed to the position of Music Director of the Sarasota Orchestra starting August 1, 2013. Tali, will be the fifth music director in the 65-year history of the Orchestra.

We believe Anu will take the Sarasota Orchestra to a higher level and in the process will ignite even greater passion for one of the region's cultural gems.

Anne Folsom Smith, Board Chair, Sarasota Orchestra