Itay Talgam studied at the Rubin Academy and received a degree in philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He started out as a pianist, but switched to conducting after his military service in the Israel Defense Forces. He attended a summer course given by Leonard Bernstein in Fontainebleau, France. He has worked with most of the major orchestras in Israel. Itay Talgam gives seminars and workshops on the workings of the symphony orchestra, which he sees as a metaphor for organizational behavior and a model for inspired leadership.
Talgam debuted as an international conductor in 1987, when he was chosen by Leonard Bernstein to appear in a special concert with Orchestre de Paris. Bernstein conducted the second half of the concert. Since then, he has conducted many orchestras in Europe. He was the first Israeli conductor to perform with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Leipzig Opera. In Israel, he has conducted and recorded with Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, New Israeli Opera, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion, Tel Aviv Symphony Orchestra, Musica Nova Ensemble, Haifa Symphony Orchestra and Israel Chamber Orchestra.
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