Tali Tadmor is a Los Angeles-based pianist, vocal coach, conductor and music educator whose colorful career as a musician is reflected in the unusual path she took to becoming an artist. As an undergraduate student in mathematics at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), Tali began accompanying singers in a music course. She instantly fell in love with the field of collaborative piano and its repertoire. Soon after, she began performing professionally, eventually forgoing her plans to become a scientist and opting in favor of a career in music. A versatile musician, Tali has performed in some of the world’s great venues; from her debut recital at Carnegie Hall in 2009 to the Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Ford Amphitheater, Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center and the Great Hall in the heart of China’s Forbidden City. Though primarily a classical musician, Tali is active in a wide variety of musical settings, ranging from opera to world music, and from musical theater to worship. She has collaborated with many well-known artists, including Metropolitan Opera star soprano Angela Meade and Los Angeles Philharmonic cellist Daniel Rothmuller. Most notably, Tali served as Assistant Conductor and principal pianist to Maestro Placido Domingo in the Los Angeles Opera premiere production of Dulce Rosa in spring of 2013.
Immediately after earning her Doctorate in Keyboard Collaborative Arts from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2009, Tali was offered a faculty position as Vocal Coach and Accompanist at the Herb Alpert School of Music at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). At CalArts, Tali enjoyed a decade of mentoring undergraduate and graduate-level students, teaching weekly Master Classes, providing private coachings, overseeing opera productions, accompanying voice recitals and other performances and collaborating with fellow faculty members. In 2018, Tali was offered a teaching position at California State University in Northridge, where she now heads the Collaborative Piano Program, helping to train the next generation of vocal and instrumental accompanists. At CSUN, Tali teaches the Collaborative Piano Colloquium, a master class for pianists, singers and instrumentalists, as well as mentors several solo piano students.
Tali maintains a busy performance schedule in addition to her academic teaching career. In the spring of 2010 she returned to Carnegie’s Perelman/Stern Stage as pianist for the world premiere of Eric Whitacre’s newest song cycle “The City and the Sea” (a Distinguished Concerts International in New York (DCINY) concert). Later that year she was invited by the American Composers’ Forum (ACF) to serve as an adjudicator in their annual national songwriting competition and perform in the final concert featuring the winning new works for voice and piano. In opera, Tali collaborates regularly with the Los Angeles Opera and Long Beach Opera companies. In the spring of 2011, she served as music director for LA Opera’s concert reading of the newly commissioned “Dulce Rosa”, collaborating with composer Lee Holdridge and librettist Richard Sparks in presenting the new opera to Placido Domingo. The opera was not only picked up by the company, but after hearing her play, Mr. Domingo requested that the composer re-orchestrate the score to include piano and immediately hired Tali for the pianist position in the production. In the summer of 2013, she was the pianist for LA Opera’s production of Hans Krasa’s Brundibar, an opera performed in the Theresienstadt concentration camp and part of L.A. Opera Musical Director James Conlon’s groundbreaking “Recovered Voices” project. Additionally, Tali serves as Music Director and Accompanist for LA Opera’s Education and Community Programs Department, producing recurring citywide tours of company favorites such as The Marriage of Figueroa in partnership with the Los Angeles United School District (LAUSD).
Tali’s intuitive and informed approach to new music make her a favorite among many of today’s contemporary composers. Under the direction of composer Donald Crockett, she performed Michael Gordon’s “Decasia” as part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s sold-out Green Umbrella Series at Disney Hall in March 2008. Her collaboration with composer Eric Whitacre has included a decade’s worth of concerts, workshops, and recordings worldwide, including his latest CD under the Decca music label. Her Carnegie Hall debut recital consisted almost exclusively of 20th and 21st century music with two of the featured composers–Libby Larsen and Lori Laitman– in attendance. Tali’s most recent projects include collaborating with Plitmann in her esoteric cabaret at the Theater @Boston Court in Pasadena, and recording Heaven on Earth, a World Music double CD with Jewish contemporary musician Danny Maseng.
A native of Tel-Aviv, Israel, Tali maintains ties to her Israeli musical heritage and to the larger Jewish community. She is the Music Director at Temple Judea in Tarzana, and accompanies the Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale under the direction of Dr. Nick Strimple. In 2011, she was awarded the Six Points Fellowship, commissioning her to compose an original Yiddish-swing cabaret entitled Ella Fitzgeraldberg. She has served as a teaching fellow alongside Danny Maseng at England’s Limmud Conference and for over seven years was Staff Accompanist at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute for Religion’s (HUC-JIR) Los Angeles campus. Tali routinely accompanies Israeli Consulate assemblies and other events.
Tali received both Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Southern California (USC), majoring in Keyboard Collaborative Arts with minor fields in solo piano performance, choral studies, and sacred music studies. She passed her doctoral comprehensive examinations with distinction and won the Keyboard Collaborative Arts Departmental Honors Award for five consecutive years. Named the USC Thornton School’s Most Valuable Player in May 2008, she was also elected into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and awarded several scholarships and teaching assistantships, underwriting the entire cost of her six-year residency at the university. Tali credits USC with providing her a world-class education, an extended family, and a second home for life (Fight On!). Beginning her piano studies at age 5, Tali attended the Israeli Music Conservatory in Tel-Aviv for twelve years. She moved to California in 1995 and currently resides in Studio City. Her teachers include her USC mentor Kevin Fitz-Gerald, Bernadene Blaha, Dr. Alan Smith and the late Israeli pianist and legendary pedagogue, Malka Mevorach-Choset.