Amos Talmon

Music Director of the Grand Symphonic Series, Herzliya 

The year 1999 marks the beginning of Talmon's activity as a conductor.
Having been coached by conductors such as Etay Talgam, Gal Alterovich and Zeev Dorman, Talmon launched his career by conducting Israel's finest orchestras such as the Israel Philharmonic, Israel Symphony Rishon-LeZion and Jerusalem Radio Symphony.

In 2000, Talmon founded the Music Angels Foundation with the aim of supporting young Israeli soloists. A week of master classes held by the famous Italian soprano Katia Ricciarelli, culminated in a gala concert with Jerusalem Symphony at Mann Auditorium, Tel-Aviv, under the baton of Talmon, is a reflective example.

In 2001, Talmon was requested to fill in the new Herzliya Center for performing Arts with classical music substance: Talmon inaugurated the hall in a festive concert with the Israel Chamber Orchestra and since then, has been in charge of the Grand Symphonic Series.
 Amos Talmon
The Grand Symphonic Series, amid in its seventh regular season, hosts Israel's finest orchestras such as Israel Philharmonic, Israel Symphony Rishon-LeZion, Jerusalem Radio Symphony, Israel Camerata and others. Young Israeli soloists are frequently engaged, along with foreign soloists and leading foreign guest conductors.

In addition, Talmon appears regularly outside Israel: Numerous appearances is Sala Verdi with Orchestra Sinfonica d'Italia kicked off is appearances abroad followed by concerts with Poznan Philharmonic, Wroclaw Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic North, Baltic Philharmonic Gdnask, Polish Radio Symphony Warsaw, Banda Sinfonica Madrid, Zurich Symphony Orchestra, Beijing Symphony, Pilsen Philharmonic, Czech Radio Symphony, Capella Symphony St.Petersburg, Mexico State Symphony, Grosseto Symphony, Prague Philharmonia, Westphalia Philharmonic Germany, Slovak Philharmonic Bratislava, Cordoba Symphony, Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina, Florence, Collegium Sinfonium Veneto, Venice, Murcia Symphony, Spain, Thessaloniki State Symphony, United Europe Orchestra, Milan, Armenian Philharmoni, Taipei philharmonic, New-England Symphony Ensemble, Klagenfurt Symphony, Austria, Moravian Philharmonic,Czech Republic, Monterrey Symphony Orchestra UANL, Mexico and others.

Future plans include appearances with Munich Symphony, Janacek Philharmonic, Czech Radio Symphony, Slovak Sinfonietta, Bari Symphony, Israel Symphony, Jerusalem Radio Symphony, Verona Philharmonic, Italy, United Europe Orchestra, Milano, Berlin Sinfonietta, Berlin Chamber Philharmonic, Daejeon Korean Philharmonic Orchestra, Toronto Philharmonia, Extremadura Symphony, Spain, Manaus Symphony, Brazil, Belgrade Philharmonic, Bergamo International festival Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovak Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra, Vogtland Philharmonic Symphony, Germany, Europe Philharmonic Orchestra, Germany and others.

Talmon has already appeared in some of the most prestigious concert halls like Reduta, Bratislava, Mann Auditorium, Tel-Aviv, Beijing Forbidden City, Prague Rudolfinum, Tonhalle Zurich, Sala VERDI, Milano and Carnegie Hall, New-York to name a few.
Future concerts will take place in Vienna, Toronto, Berlin etc.

This is what a Prague critic wrote about Talmon's performance with Prague Radio Symphony:
"... The concert opened with the enchanting overture to Gioacchino Rossini’s opera The Thieving Magpie, whose music acquired great temperament under the conductor’s original gesture."
"... The programme after the interval featured Johannes Brahms’s Symphony No. 4, which Amos Talmon captured with remarkable expressivity. There was much about his conception which could be described as wholly original: the first movement with its "unassuming" opening, gradually building up to a climax, and ending with a drawn-out ritardando in the last few bars; the uncommonly freely conceived second movement; then the sharp contrast of the brisk scherzo; and again the deftly graduated final movement. In many instances we were aware of unusual ritardandos, caesura and similar devices. The orchestra, inspired by the conductor’s unrivalled gesture, accommodated his wishes and gave a convincing performance, conveying the maestro’s atypical musical ideas, both in the Rossini, and the Brahms."

Here are some excerpts from a write up concerning Talmon's recent concert in Mexico:

"His hard work paid off, the Israeli's work was recognized at the end by the musicians who never ceased to applaud and stomp the stage."
"As the audience applauded him warmly, Talmon shook hands with many in the orchestra, which showed the good understanding between the director and musicians."

About Morning, Noon and Evening in Vienna:
Talmon firmly grasped the reins of the orchestra. He managed to express the Viennese touch while emphatically "Italienating" with refinement, cleanliness and exactness of time.

"Symphony No. 8 by Franz Schubert, also had a very beautiful performance. The guest director cultivated the development of the "Unfinished Symphony" most intelligently in his interpretation. With his unique style he reinforced the clarity between the orchestral music sections and reduced the strength of the brass allowing the strings which sounded compact and potent to be present at all times."

"After the intermission one was able to enjoy a very fine performance achieved in the musical discourse of the Symphony in d minor by César Franck.
An energetic brass section, a profound (heart touching) string and woodwind section all united in contrasting harmony towards the construction of the great sweeping final climax."