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Itay Talgam

Renowned Conductor

Itay Talgam is an orchestral conductor turned into 'conductor of people' - be it in in government, academia, business, education, therapy - anywhere the creation of human harmony through cooperation is desired. He teaches leadership to Fortune 500 companies, non-profits and universities, and at conferences around the world, including TED, Google's Zeitgeist, and the World Economic Forum at Davos.

"After a decade-long conducting career in his native Israel, Itay has reinvented himself as a conductor of people in business"

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In detail

Itay Talgam received his Artist Diploma in conducting from the Jerusalem Rubin Academy and studied General Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, winning his degree "Cum Laude". Itay sees himself as a disciple of his great teacher, Leonard Bernstein. His international conducting debut took place in 1987, when he was chosen and presented by Maestro Bernstein in a special concert, conducting the Orchestre de Paris, Bernstein himself conducting the second half of the same concert. Since that highly successful performance, Talgam conducted many orchestras in Europe, being the first Israeli conductor to perform with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Leipzig Opera house. He also conducted and recorded with all of Israel's major orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

What he offers you

Itay Talgam finds metaphors for organizational behaviour - and models for inspired leadership - within the workings of the symphony orchestra. Imagining music as a model for all spheres of human creativity, from the classroom to the boardroom, he has created the Maestro Program of seminars and keynote speeches that aim to help everyday people develop a musician's sense of collaboration, and a conductor's sense of leadership. He expertly transfers his knowledge to corporations that need to manage creativity and innovation in the company.

How he presents

Itay's talks, based of continuous dialogue, have been experienced either directly or on-line by millions of participants and viewers. Using a range of innovative techniques, Itay's energetic and thought-provoking speeches challenge standard thinking and offer participants a fresh perspective on a range of organizational issues and work styles.


He presents in English.

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Speaking topics

  • Lead Like the Great Conductor
  • Managing Creative Teams
  • Collaboration and Achievement

Books and publications

  • 2015
    The Ignorant Maestro: How Great Leaders Inspire Unpredictable Brilliance

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