Yoav Talmi was born in Kibbutz Merhavia He studied composition and orchestral direction first in Israel, at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv, and then in the United States, at the Juilliard School. In 1966, he was awarded the Koussevitzky Conducting Prize at the Tanglewood Music Center. In 1973, he won the Rupert Foundation Conducting Competition in London.
Talmi was music director of the Arnhem Philharmonic from 1974 to 1980. From 1984 to 1988, he was music director of the Israel Chamber Orchestra (ICO) and the New Israeli Opera, and later held the title of principal guest conductor with the ICO. Talmi served as music director of the San Diego Symphony from 1987 to 1996, and made several recordings with them for the Naxos label. He was Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of l'Orchestre Symphonique de Québec (Québec Symphony Orchestra) from 1998 to 2011, and now has the title of conductor emeritus of the orchestra. He was Chief Conductor of the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra from 2000 to 2004. In February 2013, Talmi returned to the ICO as its music director.
Talmi's compositions include the official march of the Israeli Army, Tsahal Tso'ed, an Elegy for Strings, Timpani and Accordion ("Dachau Reflections"). His composition "De Profundis for Choir and Orchestra" premiered in Quebec City in May 2011.
- Valerie Scher (12 November 2006). "Talmi is back, with an 'Elegy' in hand". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2009-02-25.
- "Yoav Talmi: Officier (2009)" (Press release). Secrétariat de l'Ordre national du Québec. 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-26.
- Arthur Kaptainis (3 April 2010). "There's no shortage of Canadian talent to succeed Talmi as musical director of Quebec City orchestra". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 2010-04-06.
- Yoav Talmi's official website
- Yoav Talmi's General Management Schmidt Artists International
- Lucie Renaud, "Yoav Talmi - The Knight of the Rose". La Scena Musicale, 2 October 2002.
- Bach Cantatas.com biography of Yoav Talmi
| Chief Conductor, Het Gelders Orkest
| Music Director, San Diego Symphony
Jung-Ho Pak (artistic director)
| Chief Conductor, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra
Roberto Paternostro (artistic adviser)
| Music Director, Israel Chamber Orchestra