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Itay Talgam

Tel Aviv, Israel
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Leading Israeli conductor

Renowned speaker on leadership, creativity & teamwork

Author, "The Ignorant Maestro: How Great Leaders Inspire Unpredictable Brilliance" (2015)

“I learned MORE about leadership from that presentation on conducting. That was fantastic, so thank you Itay.” Al Gore

Itay Talgam is an orchestral conductor turned into ‘conductor of people’ – be it in government, academia, business, education, and therapy – anywhere the creation of human harmony through cooperation is desired. He has inspired audiences around the globe with his engaging presentations on leadership and innovation, and has presented at some of the world’s most prestigious events, such as TED Global (Oxford), Google’s ZeitGeist (California, London), DLD (Munich, Moscow), and the World Economic Forum (Davos) to overwhelming praise and delight.

Itay is one of the leading figures in the Israeli music scene and is a champion of contemporary music. His outstanding achievements have been acknowledged by audiences and critics, as well as by Israel’s Composers Association, which awarded him an honorary prize for his personal contribution in performing and promoting Israeli music.

He is the author of “The Ignorant Maestro: How Great Leaders Inspire Unpredictable Brilliance” (2015), which examines the nuances of leadership by describing the distinctive styles of six world-famous conductors. All took different approaches to the age-old leadership dilemma: how to maximise control and creative freedom at the same time.

As Music Director of the Tel-Aviv Symphony Orchestra and of Musica Nova Consort, Itay won the prestigious prize for “Best Performance of the Year” for Israeli orchestral music awarded by the National Council for the Arts. He made his international debut in 1987, when he was chosen by Leonard Bernstein to perform in a special concert with the Orchestre de Paris, with the great Maestro himself conducting the second half of the same concert. Since that highly successful performance, Itay has conducted many orchestras around the globe and was the first Israeli conductor to perform with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and with the Leipzig Opera House. He also conducted and recorded with all of Israel’s major orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

Our Comment

"Itay’s presentations illuminate the art of leadership in a wholly new and totally inspiring way. He draws on famous conductors’ differing styles to demonstrate how they either limit or create the space for enhancing a group’s creativity and performance. He also runs workshops with string quartets that allow the audience to experience his lessons immediately and first-hand."

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