Manitoba Chamber Orchestra names female conductor

After a three-year search, Estonian Anu Tali has been named conductor and music director of Winnipeg's Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.

After a three-year search, Estonian Anu Tali has been named conductor and music director of Winnipeg's Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.

She is one of only a handful of female conductors in North America, including the Victoria Symphony's Tania Miller and the Baltimore Symphony's Marin Alsop.

The Winnipeg Symphony appointed a woman, Rei Hotoda, to the new post of assistant conductor last year.

Talifounded the Nordic Symphony Orchestra, originally called the Estonian-Finnish Symphony Orchestra, in 1997 with her twin sister, Kadri Tali.

She has been artistic director and conductor of the Nordic Symphony, which pulls together talented musicians from more than 15 countries for about five concerts annually.

Tali, 34, has conducted around the world and made her debut with the MCO, which includes many string players from the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, in February.

She will take over as conductor and music director in September, and conduct the MCO's final concert of the season May 16 in Winnipeg. Her appointment was announced Wednesday.

British conductor Roy Goodman resigned three years ago from the MCO and Montreal-based artistic adviser Alain Trudel has overseen artistic planning for the coming year.

Artists such as soprano Measha Brueggergosman, pianist Janina Fialkowska and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin have appeared with the MCO.