Tal Benatar is an Israeli-American conductor, arranger and guitarist from Columbus, Ohio. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Michigan, studying with Professor Kenneth Kiesler. He also serves as the Assistant Conductor of the U of M Life Sciences Orchestra.
Tal has made conducting appearances with the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, The Michigan Pops Orchestra, 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. He was the music director of the Rapidan Orchestra, a community orchestra in Central Virginia focused on bringing Western Art Music to more remote audiences.
As an arranger and orchestrator, Tal has been commissioned by the Michigan Pops Orchestra, the Rapidan Orchestra, the Academical Village People among others. He has experience arranging for a vast array of ensembles including jazz combos, vocal ensembles, as well as chamber and full orchestra.
As a genre defying musician, Tal has had a range of experiences playing music from the Baroque Era as a continuo player, to Jazz standards on the piano and guitar. A strong advocate of new music, Tal sings with the //meridian vocal ensemble, has conducted a world premiere by University of Michigan composer Aaron Hendrix, has been featured as a guitar soloist with University of Michigan’s Orpheus singers and has performed on electronics with the U of M Contemporary Directions Ensemble and University Symphony Orchestra.