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Born in Kibbutz Merhavia, Israel, Yoav Talmi is a graduate of the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv and the Juilliard School in New York, both as composer and conductor.
Although Yoav Talmi is known today primarily as a conductor, he has always found time for composition, arrangement and orchestration. In Israel - he studied composition with Theodore Holdheim, Arthur Gelbrun and Mordechai Seter. Further composition studies continued under Hal Overton and Vincent Persichetti at the Juilliard School, and with Darius Milhaud at the Aspen Summer Music School. Upon graduating from the Rubin Academy of music in Tel Aviv, he was awarded the Boskovitch Prize for composition. In Israel, Talmi is also known as the composer of the ‘Tzahal March’ – the official March of the Israeli Army.
His works, orchestrations, transcriptions and arrangements are published by various publications in New York, Quebec (Canada), Tel Aviv and Amsterdam. Talmi’s works that are frequently performed include his ‘Elegy for Strings, Timpani & Accordion’ (‘Dachau Reflections’), ‘Suite of Israeli Folk Songs’ for Flute & Orchestra (or Piano), ‘Three Monologues’ for Flute (or Cello) solo,“Dreams” ("Halomot") for Choir a Cappella and his many arrangements for Flute Ensemble and for Flute and Piano (published by Doberman-Yppan, Canada).
As a conductor, Yoav Talmi gained his recognition when he served as Music Director of the Arnhem Philharmonic in the Netherlands [1974-1980], Principal Guest-Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic [1979-80], Music Director of the Israel Chamber Orchestra and the New Israeli Opera [1984-88], Music Director of the San Diego Symphony [1989-96], the Hamburg Symphony in Germany (2000-2004) and most recently – Music Director of the Québec Symphony in Canada (from 1998). He has recorded widely with various orchestras all over the world for Chandos, Decca, EMI, Naxos, Teldec. CBC Records (Toronto), Atma and Analekta (Montreal). He also recorded as apPianist with his wife, flutist Er’ella Talmi.
Yoav Talmi was a recipient of the Koussevitzky Memorial Conducting Prize at the Tanglewood Festival  and the Rupert Conductor’s Competition in London . He holds an Honorary Doctor degree from the Laval University in Quebec, Canada.
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. Maestro Talmi holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Laval University in Quebec, Canada.
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