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. In 2016 he completed his orchestral conducting B.Mus 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 Buchann-Mehta School of Music with Ronen Borshevsky.
Avi is currently a second year postgraduate student at the Royal College of Music in London, studying M.Perf in conducting with professors Peter Stark and Howard Williams and Toby Purser. He is also the student of RCM guest conductor Martyn Brabbins. He is the Polonsky Award holder, supported by Dr Polonsky. He is also a fellow of the Selma Manders and B’nai B’rith Leo Baeck (London) Lodge Scholarships 2018-2020. Avi had the prestigious opportunity to conduct a student orchestra in a recording session at studio 1 at the Abbey Road Studios in January 2020.
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 will assist conductor Jonathan Butcher.
Avi used to serve as the representative youth concert band’s conductor 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 also led a young concert band and taught conducting at the Israel Philharmonic Orhestra‘s Sulamot Educational Program in 2015-2016. He rehearsed and performed with the Croydon Music & Arts Young Orchestra in 2019.
As a choral tenor, Avi sings at the Gary Bertini Israeli Choir, and participated in projects conducted by Zubin Mehta, Manfred Honeck, Marin Alsop and Ariel Zuckerman.
Avi conducted the Karlovy-Vary Symphony Orchestra (2017), the Ashdod Symphony Orchestra (2017), the Havant Symphony Orchestra (2019) the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra (2019), the Royal College of Music Philharmonic Orchestra (2018-19), the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music Symphony Orchestra (2015-16), the Buchmann-Mehta Carter Chamber Orchestra (2016), the Buchmann-Mehta Oratorio and Chamber Choirs (2015, 2017-2018), and other large and small chamber ensembles.
Avi took part in RCM masterclasses held by Prof. Jac van Steen, Steven Sloane, Thomas Zehetmair, Emmanuel Siffert, Alexander Shelley, Barry Wordsworth, Holly Mathieson, and online classes with Bernard Haitink; JCC masterclasses with Prof. Joseph Missal, Prof. Joan deAlbequrque; ICM masterclass with Charles Olivieri-Munroe, and Hallel’s Choirs class with Gary Graden. He also took part in the first stage of the Bucharest Conducting Competition 8th edition of 2017 and in the first round of the European Union Conducting Competition (Bulgaria) 2020 .
Avi is the fellow of various awards and honors including:
- The Colton Foundation 2016-20
- The America-Israel Cultural Foundation 2016-2017
- The Aviva Or-Shalom Memorial Trust 2012-2018
- The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music excellence scholarships 2014, 2015, 2016
- The Ashdod Foundation Best Musicianship Scholarship 2015
- The Ashdod Foundation Excellence Scholarship 2015