PhD, New England Conservatory; MM, Rice University Performer Diploma, Indiana Univ. BM, Tel Aviv Univ.
Piano, Keyboards, Recording Arts
Please note: Tal is currently on family leave, return date is TBD. We are not booking new students with Tal until further notice. Please view other members of our talented piano staff.
Tal Zilber, a native of Israel, enjoys an intensive career of unusual diversity as a concert pianist of classical repertoire, jazz and pop pianist, composer and improviser.
Tal’s teaching experience includes an Associate Instructor position at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, teaching positions at the Ramat HaSharon Conservatory and Alon High School in Israel, and extensive private teaching in Israel and the US. In his lessons he often uses improvisation techniques, and for beginning students Tal will often create easy piano arrangements of popular songs. Tal is also an excellent choice for students looking to work on more challenging classical repertoire and as well as jazz standards. With all of his students, Tal works to build a strong connection with the student and enjoys encouraging their progress as a pianist.
Along with his career as a classical recitalist, his piano and chamber music transcriptions were performed by the Carmel String Quartet, his orchestra arrangements were performed by the Symphony Orchestra of “Be’er Sheva”, he performed his electro acoustic compositions on the Louisiana-Texas electro acoustic music festival (LaTex) in Texas and his original incidental music for the play Chulsha by Ran Apelberg, directed by David Shushan, was performed at the Fringe Festival in Haifa, Israel.
In the classical music scene Mr. Zilber has appeared as a soloist with the Ramat Hasharon Orchestra in Tel Aviv. He has performed both in chamber music concerts and solo performances in Israel and abroad. His recordings were played on the Galei Zahal radio station in Israel. He also won prizes and awards. Among them are the Andre Watts Scholarship, America-Israel culture foundation scholarship, Prize in honor of Mrs. Rosi Varon at the “Voice of Music – Young Artist Competition 2006” (Israel), the Lillian H. Duncan Prize and the Marian Fox Martel Scholarship.
Tal Zilber was chosen to serve as an Outstanding Musician in the Israeli Defense Forces. During the three years of his military service, he was chosen by the Zionist Federation to participate in a concert tour in Australia.
Recently Tal completed a Doctorate Degree in Contemporary Improvisation at the New England Conservatory with Ran Blake and Bert Seager. He also holds a Master’s degree from the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University where he studied with Brian Connelly. He is an alumnus of the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, from which he obtained a Performer Diploma under the instruction of Edmund Battersby. He received his Bachelor’s degree in music from the Rubin Israeli Music Academy (Tel Aviv University, Israel), graduating magna cum laude, studied with Michael Boguslavsky and Alexander Volkov. He also participated in various master classes, given by well-known and distinguished pianists and teachers, such as Pnina Salzman, Ronan O’Hara, Evelyne Brancart, TamÃ¡s UngÃ¡r and the Eroica Trio.