Juilliard @ SOPAC: Tal First, Violin
Tal First was born in 1995 and began his violin studies with Mr. Geri Ferber at the age of 6. He continued his studies with Ms. Svetlana Simannovsky at the Thelma Yellin School of Arts. After graduating high school, Tal studied with Ms. Simannovsky at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv as a recipient of an Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Scholarship and during his Army service as an “Outstanding Musician.”
The young violinist currently studies at the Juilliard School under the guidance of Mr. Li Lin, being supported by the Kadar Family Scholarship for Israeli Talent, Drs. Walter and Trude Borchardt Memorial Scholarship, Elizabeth J. McCormack Scholarship, the Ronen Foundation and the “Scholarship in memory of Bilha Davis.”
Tal First is a member of the West Eastern Divan Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, and played as a soloist with the Thelma Yellin Symphony Orchestra and the Galilee Symphony Orchestra. He won second prize at the “Turgeman” competition in 2011, and since that year is being supported by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.
He is a graduate of the “David Goldman” program in the Jerusalem Music Center and has participated in the “Perlman Music Program”, “Keshet Eilon” mastercourses, “Polyphony” seminars, Miriam Fried’s program in the Jerusalem Music Center, and master classes with musicians such as Itzhak Perlman, Julian Rachlin, Ivry Gitlis, Christian Tetzlaff and Leonidas Kavakos. He is also member of the Musethica Foundation, playing official concerts as well as concerts for variety of social and humanitarian organizations.
Tal First plays on a violin made by Gaetano Pollastri, generously loaned to him by Mr. Yehuda Zisapel.
His accompanying pianist is Natalie Nedvetsky.
Juilliard @ SOPAC:
A Sunday Afternoon Concert Series
with Music’s Brightest Young Stars
SOPAC is proud to partner with the famed Juilliard School to present some of the finest young musicians in the world today.
Single Tickets: $20
Senior Citizens & Students: $15