Avi Taler was born in Ashdod, Israel. He started his musical studies in the age of six in Ashdod’s Akadma Conservatory at the piano class of Mrs. Yanina Kudlik, and as a choral singer. He won various municipal and national competitions and performed in concerto festivals. In 2016 he completed his four years orchestral conducting B.Mus course in the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel-Aviv University in the classes of Vag Papian, Yi-An Xu, Prof. Yoav Talmi and Ronen Borshevsky. In 2018 he completed his M.Mus in choral conducting at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music with prof. Ronen Borshevsky. He stood out for his performance of De Falla’s El Amor Brujo in 2015, a project he created, led and executed with fellow students in chamber concerts and lectures series.
Avi recently completed his postgraduate conducting course at the Royal College of Music in London, studying conducting with professors Toby Purser, Peter Stark and Howard Williams. He was also the student of ENO music director and RCM guest conductor Martyn Brabbins. He was involved in the RCM’s opera production of Haydn’s Il Mondo della Luna, led by Professor Michael Rosewell, and collaborated with other opera directors, actors, choreographers and writers. He also led an orchestral recording at the Abbey Road Studios, where he recorded De Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat Suite.
Avi is the holder of the Bob and Beryl Harding Bursary for young conductors for the 2019-20 season at the Havant Symphony Orchestra, where he assisted conductor Jonathan Butcher.
Avi used to serve as the representative youth concert band’s musical director in Ness-Ziona’s Conservatory 2016-2018 and in Ashdod’s Akadma Conservatory in 2015-2017, and participated in the LisbonMusicFest concert tour in 2018. He held various educational positions as a conductor, aural skills teacher, chamber coach and musical director.
As a choral tenor, Avi sings at the Gary Bertini Israeli Choir, and participated in orchestral projects conducted by Zubin Mehta, Manfred Honeck, Marin Alsop and Ariel Zuckerman. He is also a member of the Mosaic Voices Vocal Ensemble. He sang with the RCM Chorus (2018-2019), Buchmann-Mehta Chamber Choir (2016, 2018) and the Buchmann-Mehta Oratorio Choir (2012-2015).
Avi performed with the Karlovy-Vary Symphony Orchestra (2017), Ashdod Symphony Orchestra (2017), Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra (2019-2020), Royal College of Music Philharmonic Orchestra (2018-2020), the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music Symphony Orchestra (2015-16), the Buchmann-Mehta Carter Chamber Orchestra (2016), Buchmann-Mehta Oratorio and Chamber Choirs (2015, 2017-2018), Havant Symphony Orchestra (2019-20), Croydon Young Concert Orchestra (2019) and other large and small chamber ensembles.
Avi took part in masterclasses held by Antonio Pappano, Prof. Jac van Steen, Charles Olivieri-Munroe, Thomas Zehetmair, Steven Sloane, Emmanuel Siffert, Alexander Shelley, Barry Wordsworth, Holly Mathieson, Prof. Joseph Missal, Prof. Joan deAlbequrque and Gary Graden. He received online tuition from maestro Bernard Haitink, Anthony Hermus and Joana Carneiro. He is now supported by Talent Unlimited and is a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians. He also took part in the first stage of the Bucharest Conducting Competition 8th edition of 2017 and the European Union Conducting Competition 2020.
In 2021 Avi was shortlisted to the finals of the Lanyi International Conducting Competition and Only Stage Conducting Competition. He was awarded with the 2021 Enterprise award from the Royal Philharmonic Society for creating a unique remote performing ensemble names ExploSound.
Avi is the fellow of various awards and honors including:
- Polonsky Foundation 2018-2020
- Selma Manders and B’nai B’rith Leo Baeck (London) Lodge 2018-2020
- The Colton Foundation 2016-20
- The America-Israel Cultural Foundation 2016-2017
- The Aviva Or-Shalom Foundation Scholarships 2012-2018
- The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music excellence scholarships 2014, 2015, 2016
- The Ashdod Foundation Exceptional Musicianship Award 2015
- The Ashdod Foundation Excellence Award 2015