Tal Benatar is an Israeli-American conductor, arranger and guitarist. He is currently a Doctoral Pre-Candidate in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Michigan, studying with Professor Kenneth Kiesler. Tal has participated in masterclasses with distinguished conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle and made his European Debut in the summer of 2018. He also serves as the Conductor of the U of M Campus Philharmonia.
Tal has made conducting appearances with the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, University Opera Theatre, U of M Life Sciences Orchestra, with which he served as assistant conductor for the 2017-18 season, The Charlottesville Symphony, The Charlottesville Opera, The Albemarle Sinfonia and the Oratorio Society of Virginia, with which he served as Assistant Conductor for the 2015-16 season.
As a genre defying musician, Tal has performed repertoire spanning many centuries on many instruments. He has performed basso continuo in the opera pit and as a chamber musician on keyboard and guitar. A strong advocate of new music, Tal has conducted world premieres by two University of Michigan composers, has been featured as a guitar soloist with University of Michigan’s Orpheus singers and has performed with the U of M Contemporary Directions Ensemble.
Tal graduated from the University of Michigan in 2018 with an M.M. in Orchestral Conducting. He completed his B.A. at University of Virginia (UVa) in 2014, majoring in Political Science. Tal also pursued conducting at UVA, studying with Kate Tamarkin and Michael Slon.