Talmi, Yoav, Israeli conductor; b. Kibbutz Merhavia, April 28, 1943. He studied at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv (diploma, 1965) and at the Juilliard School of Music in N.Y. (1965-68). He also studied conducting with Susskind at the Aspen (Colo.) School of Music (summer, 1966), Maderna in Salzburg (summer, 1967), Fournet in Hilversum (summer, 1968), and Leins-dorf at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood (summer, 1969), where he won the Koussevitzky Memorial Conducting Prize. He was assoc. conductor of the Louisville Orch. (1968-70), music director of the Ky. Chamber Orch. (1969-71), and co-conductor of the Israel Chamber Orch. (1970-72). After serving as artistic director of Arnhem’s Het Gelders Orch. (1974-80) and as principal guest conductor of the Munich Phil. (1979-80), he returned to the Israel Chamber Orch. as its music director in 1984. He was music director-designate (1989-90) and music director (1990-96) of the San Diego Sym. Orch. In 1994 he served as artistic advisor of the Waterloo (N.J.) Festival. He was music director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec (from 1998) and of the Hamburg Sym. Orch. (from 2000).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire