Anu Tali

Anu Tali was born in Tallinn, Estonia. She studied piano at the conservatory in her hometown and continued her training in conducting with Ilya Musin and Jorma Panula. In 1997, she cofounded the Nordic Symphony Orchestra with her twin sister Kadri Tali to promote cultural contact among the Nordic countries. Today, the orchestra includes musicians from fifteen countries.

Anu Tali is in demand around the world as a guest conductor, and has performed with the Japan Philharmonic, the Tokyo Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Göteborgs Symfoniker, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg (2007 debut with the Salzburg Festival), Deutsche Symphonie Orchester, Leipzig’s Gewandhausorchester, and Frankfurt’s HR Sinfonieorchester. Highlights in recent years were a Carmen production at Theater Magdeburg, Gluck’s Telemaco with the Freiburg Barockorchester (Schwetzinger Festspiele and at Theater Basel), and performances of Heiner Goebbels’ Songs of Wars I Have Seen with the London Sinfonietta in Saint Paul, London, New York, Seattle, and Barcelona. This season’s highlights include her debut with Ensemble Modern (Alte Oper Frankfurt), debuts with Berliner Konzerthausorchester and the Royal Danish Opera (with the ballet La Bayadère) and a performance with the Sarasota Orchestra.

Anu Tali was awarded the 2003 ECHO Klassik prize Young Artist of the Year for her CD Swan Flight with the Nordic Symphony Orchestra. Her recordings include works by Rachmaninoff, Sibelius, and Erkki-Sven Tüür (for example Strata and Noesis). She has also been awarded the Estonian Cultural Prize for her work to promote her country’s music. ARTE has produced a documentary on Anu Tali entitled Maestra Baltica.