- Mirabellplatz 1
- 5020 Salzburg
Yaara Tal was born in Israel. Her first concert appearance was at the age of seven. She was sponsored throughout her youth by the American-Israel Cultural Foundation and studied the piano with Arie Vardi and composition with Abel Ehrlich and André Hajdu at the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv. After graduation she continued to study in Germany, sponsored by the DAAD, with Hugo Steuer and Ludwig Hoffmann. Finally working with Peter Feuchtwanger had a great impact on her artistic development. Her flexible musicality enabled her to establish herself with different formations and stylisticly on a broad field of activities. In the mid-1980s Yaara Tal decided also to team up with Andreas Groethuysen as a piano duo which over the years became the center of her artistic activities.
Since then the duo has performed regularly at such prominent venues as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Philharmonies Berlin, Cologne and Munich, Teatro alla Scala Milano, Musikhalle Hamburg, Hongkong Arts Festival, Lucerne Festival, Frick Collection New York, Forbidden City Concert Hall Peking, Piano-Festival La Roque d´Anthéron, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Salzburger Festspiele, Musikverein Vienna, Tonhalle Zürich - to name only a few.
The exclusive cooperation with the record company SONY CLASSICAL makes up an important part of their international success: The Duo Tal & Groethuysen has released more than 30 recordings of piano music for four hands (largely world première recordings e.g. of pieces by Carl Czerny, Reinhard Febel, Theodore Gouvy, Charles Koechlin, Felix Mendelssohn, Max Reger, Robert Schumann, Richard Wagner) which have brought them great acclaim from critics and the public alike.
Their CD's have won the coveted “Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik” no less than nine times, while the German Phono Academy has awarded its “Echo Klassik” prize to five of their recordings, including the complete recordings of Schubert´s music for four hands and the complete Mozart piano duos. Other awards from outside Germany, such as the “Cannes Classical Award“, “Editor´s Choice“ by Gramophone and the “Supersonic Award“ reflect their high international reputation.
Yaara Tal and Andreas Groethuysen concentrated their pedagogic activities on master classes in different countries for many years. In 1995 the Japanese educational program of NHK produced a series of eight programs with them. In 2004 the duo started to mentor the master studies for piano duo at the Academy for Music and Theater in Munich. And from October 2014 on Yaara Tal will be teaching piano duo (master studies) at the Mozarteum University Salzburg.