Ralf Taal

Ralf Taal graduated from Tallinn Music High School and Estonian Music Academy, having studied piano with Maigi Pakri, Prof. Bruno Lukk, Docent Lauri Väinmaa and Prof. Peep Lassmann. In 1989 he won the International Young Pianists Competition in Ústí nad Labem. In 1993 he won the 1st prize at the National Pianists’ Competition organised by the Estonian Music Academy and Norwegian Embassy on the 150th anniversary of Edvard Grieg. The victory was followed by solo concerts in Oslo and Bergen. In 1994 he won the National Pianists’ Competition, the Competition For Young Interpreters “Con Brio” and was the grantee of Eesti Kontsert during the season 1994/95. In 1995 he received the prize of the youngest finalist at the International Schubert Competition Dortmund. Ralf Taal has performed as a soloist with most of the Estonian orchestras and given recitals. He has worked with the following conductors: Eri Klas, Paavo Järvi, Olari Elts, Arvo Volmer, Anu Tali, Tõnu Kaljuste to name a few. His recitals concentrate mainly on the works of Shcubert, Beethoven and Chopin. Ralf Taal is also a sought after partner for many vocalists and instrumentalists, including Mati Palm, Ain Anger, Pille Lill, Helen Lokuta, Monika-Evelin Liiv, Toomas Vavilov, Indrek Vau, Oksana Sinkova, Andrus Haav and many others. Currently Ralf Taal works at Estonian Music and Theatre Academy and at Tallinn Georg Ots Music School as a teacher and as a repetiteur and vocal coach at the Estonian National Opera. In 2011 he won Annual Prize of the Estonian Cultural Endowment.

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