Anu Tali (born June 18, 1972 in Tallinn) is an Estonian conductor.
Anu Tali and her twin sister Kadri Tali founded the Estonian-Finnish Symphony Orchestra in 1997, with Anu Tali as the orchestra’s conductor and Kadri Tali the manager. The orchestra later took on the name of the Nordic Symphony Orchestra (NSO). The NSO performs five times each year and has young members from fifteen different countries.
In North America, Tali made her US conducting debut with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra in January 2005. In April 2007, Tali was named Music Director of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and scheduled to begin in the post September 2007. However, in November 2007, the orchestra announced that it and Tali were unable to agree on contract terms, and Tali never assumed the Manitoba post.
Tali and the NSO made their debut recording in 2002 with “Swan Flight”, for Finlandia/Warner Classics, which featured two world premiere recordings, the orchestral suites Ocean and Swan Flight by Veljo Tormis. This recording earned her the Young Artist of the Year award at the 2003 Echo Klassic Awards in Germany. She also received the Cultural Award of Estonia 2003 and the Presidential Award of Estonia in 2004. Anu Tali has also recorded Estonian music with the Frankfurt RSO. The second recording of the NSO and Tali is titled Action Passion Illusion (also on Warner Classics).
Tali made her first guest-conducting appearance with the Sarasota Orchestra in February 2011. In June 2013, the Sarasota Orchestra named Tali as its next music director, effective August 1, 2013, with an initial contract of 3 years.