On Friday, The Washington Post published a column headlined “female conductors to watch.” It listed 11 women conductors from around the world.
Anu Tali, the music director of the Sarasota Orchestra, was one of those 11.
The column, by the Post’s chief classical music critic, Anne Midgette, cited “some women who are following in the footsteps of Marin Alsop, JoAnn Faletta, Simone Young, Jane Glover and others, to establish significant international conducting careers.”
Of Tali, Midgette wrote, “The Estonian conductor, 45, is music director of the Sarasota Orchestra. In 1997, she and her twin sister, Kadri, founded the group that eventually became known as the Nordic Symphony Orchestra, with whom she made a couple of notable recordings.”
Others on the list included Speranza Scappucci, principal conductor of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liege, Belgium; Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, music director of the City of Birmingham (England) Symphony Orchestra; and Susanna Malkki, the chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.
Tali has headed the Sarasota Orchestra for four years. She recently announced that she would step down when her contracts expires at the end of the 2019 season.