Tel-Aviv Soloists Ensemble
The Tel-Aviv Soloists Ensemble, winner of the Landau Award for Performing Arts 2015, was founded in 2001 by conductor Barak Tal (the Ensemble’s current Music Director). The Tel-Aviv Soloists Ensemble has already performed with internationally renowned artists, such as violinists Maxim Vengerov and Ida Haendel, cellists Mischa Maisky and Natalia Gutman, violist Tabea Zimmermann, countertenor Andreas Scholl, and others.
Its concerts have been received enthusiastically by both critics and audiences ("An international class level of playing worthy of Carnegie Hall" Ara Guzelimian, artistic adviser at Carnegie Hall; "the exquisite musicians were sweeping the public off their seats" Jungfrau Zeitung, Switzerland).
The Ensemble has performed in the world's major concert halls, such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, and Sala Sao Paolo in Brazil, in major international festivals, such as Interlaken Classics, Switzerland, and festivals in Russia, Poland, Austria and Greece. The Ensemble has also performed in live radio and TV broadcasts in Europe and in Israel.
The Ensemble is recipient of several major awards, such as Landau Award for Performing Arts 2015, award for excellence from the Buchman-Heyman Foundation, awards of The Tel-Aviv Municipality and The Ministry of Culture, and of grants by The America-Israel Cultural Foundation, and The Rich Foundation.
The Ensemble comprises 30 of Israel's finest young musicians (ages 20-35), among them players in leading Israeli chamber groups, young soloists and winners of competitions. It was formed out of the desire to create a young Israeli professional chamber orchestra of the highest standard. It is recognized today as a vibrant, fresh voice in Israeli classical music.
Founder and Music Director of the Tel-Aviv Soloists Ensemble since 2001.
Barak Tal has conducted orchestras in the world’s major concert halls, such as Carnegie Hall (New York), Konzerthaus (Vienna), Tchaikovsky Conservatory Great Hall (Moscow), St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Sala Sao Paolo, Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires) and Tel-Aviv’s Mann Auditorium. As Music Director of The Tel-Aviv Soloists Ensemble he has collaborated with many international soloists, such as violinists Maxim Vengerov and Ida Haendel, cellists Mischa Maisky, Sol Gabetta and Natalia Gutman, violist Tabea Zimmermann, countertenor Andreas Scholl, and many others.
As guest conductor, Mr. Tal has performed with most of the orchestras in Israel, including The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and with orchestras in Germany, Austria, Poland, Russia, Finland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Estonia. China, South Korea, and more.
He is the recipient of major Israeli awards, such as the Oedoen Partos Award for outstanding performance of an Israeli composition, granted by the Israeli Ministry of Culture (2006, 2013-2014), The Rosenblum Award for outstanding artist, granted by the Tel-Aviv Municipality (2007). He recently won with The Tel-Aviv Soloists the Landau Award for Performing Arts (2015). He is also a recipient of scholarships and grants by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.
A natural educationalist, Barak dedicates much of his time to teaching the young musicians. He is the conductor of the Givatayim Conservatory Orchestra, Haifa Youth Symphony Orchestra, and others. He is a Faculty Member of The Buchman-Mehta School of Music, Tel-Aviv University, where he works with conducting students.
Mr. Tal has studied in mastercourses in Europe with conductors Kurt Mazur, Neeme Jarvi, Jorma Panula, Vladimir Ponkin and Zsolt Nagy. He graduated from The Jerusalem Music Academy and The Buchman-Mehta School of Music, Tel-Aviv University, where he studied conducting with Prof. Mendi Rodan and Dr. Evgeny Zirlin.