About Talia Erdal

Israeli cellist Talia Erdal was born in Jerusalem in 1991 and began studying the cello at age 5 with Sabina Frankenberg at HaSsadna conservatory Jerusalem. She continued her studies at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance with Zvi Plesser and with Hilel Zori at the Buchman-Mehta School of Music. At the Buchman-Mehta School Talia won the first place prize in the chamber music competition in 2010, and in 2013 won third place. Between 2011-2013 she studied with Felix Nemirovsky, and in 2013 she began her studies at the Amsterdam Conservatory, studying modern cello with Monique Bartels and baroque cello with Viola de Hoog. In 2015 she completed her bachelor’s degree with distinction.

Talia is a first prize winner of the national cello competition 2009 in the Beer-Sheva Conservatory, and played solo with the Beer-Sheva Sinfonietta conducted by Doron Salomon. In 2015 Talia won a prize at the Aviv Competitions in the category of Israeli compositions, performing the piece “Channels” dedicated to her by the Israeli composer Oleg Bogod.

Talia received scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation between 2005-2015. She is a former member of the Jerusalem Music Center’s Young Musicians Unit, and the Young Israeli Philharmonic. Today Talia is a full scholarship recipient of the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Excellency Chamber Music ֿProgram at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, studying towards her master’s degree with Michal Korman.

In 2012, after finishing her military service in the IDF as an “Outstanding Musician”, Talia attended a four-month program focusing on Jewish studies in the Ein-Prat academy for leadership in the Judean desert.

Talia is active as a baroque cellist and viola da gamba player. In addition she works often in improvisation oriented projects and in rock, pop and world music performances and recordings. She is a passionate contemporary music performer, and worked closely with composers, having several pieces written for her.

Talia worked as principal cellist in the Tel-Aviv Soloists Ensemble in concert season 2016-2017, and since the concert season of 2017-2018 works as assistant principal cellist at the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.

Talia Participated in masterclasses with the following teachers: Bernard Greenhouse, Janos Starker, Frans Helmerson, Ralph Kirshbaum, Jens Peter Maintz, Giovanni Sollima, Jeromme Pernoo, Gavriel Lipkind, Uzi Wiesel, Pieter Wispelwey, Dmitry Ferschtman.

Talia’s playing was broadcasted in the German television, in the BBC radio, and can often be heard at the Israeli classical radio station “Kol-HaMusika”.

Talia Erdal

Cello, Viola da Gamba, Voice, Composition, Classical

Jerusalem, Israel
Grant Recipient