Tal First

    Grant Recipient

    New York, NY, United States


    Tal First was born in 1995 and began his violin studies with teacher Geri Ferber at the age of 6. In 2010 He started his studies with Ms. Svetlana Simannovsky at the Thelma Yellin School of Arts and continued with her later on during his army service as an “Outstanding Musician” and during his studies at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, being a recipient of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Scholarship.

    Tal currently studies at the Juilliard School with Mr. Li Lin, Being supported by the Herschel Burke Gilbert Family Scholarship, the Kadar Family Scholarship for Israeli Talent, the Scholarship in memory of Bilha Davis and the Ronen Foundation.

    He is a member of the West Eastern Divan Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, and served as the concertmaster in the Young Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra and the Thelma Yellin Symphony Orchestra.

    Tal won the second prize at the “Turgeman” competition in 2011.

    Since 2011, Tal is being supported by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, and today plays on a bow that is loaned to him from the foundation’s collection.

    He is a graduate of the David Goldman program in the Jerusalem Music Center and participates in the Perlman Music Program, Keshet Eilon mastercourses, Polyphony seminars, Miriam Fried’s program in the Jerusalem Music Center, and has taken part in master classes with musicians such as Itzhak Perlman, Julian Rachlin, Ivry Gitlis, Christian Tetzlaff, Leonidas Kavakos, Miriam Fried, Gwendolyn Masin, Rudolf Koelman, Shmuel Ashkenazy, Patinka Kopec and Hagai Shaham.

    Tal has played in international chamber music tours as well, including performances in international events such as in the “R20 Regions of Climate Action” in the Élysée Palace, at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, and as a soloist with the Thelma Yellin Symphony Orchestra, playing and recording the world premiere of Marc Lavry’s piece. Tal has also been a soloist with the Galilee Symphony Orchestra.

    In 2016, Tal served as the first violinist of the “Musethica Quartet”, guided by the Jerusalem Quartet, playing official and radio concerts, as well as concerts for people with special needs.

    Tal plays with a bow from the Juilliard School’s instrument collection, and on a violin made by Paulo Antonie Testore, generously loaned to him by Mr. Yehuda Zisapel.