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, Orchestre National de France, Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, and the New Jersey, Madison and Edmonton symphonies orchestras. She has also conducted the Gothenburg Symphony, Swedish Radio, Nordic and Estonian National symphony orchestras, the, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, 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 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 and in Barcelona and London’s Southbank Centre.
Highlights of the current season include several debuts amongst others with the Ensemble Modern and Konzerthausorchester Berlin and a new production of La Bayadère at the Royal Danish Opera House in Copenhagen. She returns to the Sarasota Orchestra Münchner Rundfunkorchester, and the Malmö, Trondheim and Nordic Symphony Orchestra.
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 some of 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 significant critical acclaim.
In 2003 Anu Tali received the Cultural Award and Presidential Award of Estonia in 2004 for her work introducing Estonian music to the world. Anu was also named Musician of the Year in 2006 by the Estonian Broadcasting Corporation. Several broadcasting stations, amongst them ARTE, NHK Japan, YLE Finland and Deutsche Welle, produced documentaries about 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.