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Music Director: Sarasota Orchestra
Music Director: Nordic Symphony Orchestra


Anu Tali took up the position of Music Director of the Sarasota Orchestra in Florida in August 2013. Additionally, she continues in her role of Chief Conductor at the Nordic Symphony Orchestra, which Anu and sister Kadri Tali founded in 1997. Further highlights in 2013/14 include reinvitations at the Ruhrtriennale and Ensemble Modern.

Past seasons have included appearances with the Japan and Tokyo Philharmonic orchestras, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg at the Salzburger Festspiele, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Equally active in opera, Anu Tali achieved a major success with a production of Carmen at Magdeburg State Opera, and was promptly invited to conduct Gluck’s Telemaco at the Schwetzingen Festival and Theater Basel. Constantly searching for fresh musical ideas, Anu Tali 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, Barcelona and London’s Southbank Centre.

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"Tali and the 27-year-old Czech pianist, Lukas Vondracek, collaborated on a brilliant reading of Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini,” bringing out inner voices and colors that made this work seem reborn. There were ripples of humor, stretches of passion and intense musicality that delineated the kind of music-making generally relegated to the best of chamber performances." (Herald-Tribune (Sarasota), November 2013)
“They were led by the brilliant young Estonian conductor Anu Tali […] Ms. Tali conducted grippingly.” (The New York Times, March 2011)

“The performances are outstanding: Anu Tali already has a very high reputation, and this beautifully recorded and produced disc is without doubt another jewel in her crown.” (Ivan Moody, International Record Review, January 2011)

“The young Estonian Anu Tali… showed excellent command.” (The New York Times, January 2009)

“Anu Tali, the impressive Estonian conductor, showed her creative power particularly in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9. She modelled the sound of the orchestra with relish, determined and accurate: she formed the music exactly following her imagination. Her powerful and effective movements passed on immediately to the musicians, whose joy of playing was apparent in every second.” (Frankfurter Neue Presse, October 2007)


Erkki-Sven Tüür - Strata
Tüür, Rachmaninov, Sibelius