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Tal Botvinik

Tal Botvinik is a guitarist based in Cologne, Germany. He graduated his masters in classical guitar, contemporary music and chamber music at the renowned Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. He is an active soloist and chamber musician. Tal is a member of the Cologne Guitar Quartet and duo Segotal, ensembles based in Cologne, Germany. 

Tal began his guitar studies at the age of 11. He graduated from the Jerusalem Academy High School for Music and Dance studying with Irit Even-Tov. He completed his Bachelor music studies at the Jerusalem music academy, studying in the class of Ruben Seroussi. He graduated his Master of Music degree, studying with world famous guitarist Roberto Aussel in Cologne, Germany. He graduated his second Master studies in contemporary music, in the class of Prof. David Smeyers, followed by a chamber music masters together with the Cologne Guitar Quartet.  

The Cologne Guitar Quartet is an ensemble founded by Tal in 2014. Along the years the quartet had won several chamber music competitions, recorded two cds (the 2nd to be released in 2020) and recently launched its latest project diGIT - new music for guitars, e-guitars, electronics and voice. 

Over the years, Tal has won several national and international guitar competitions. He has played with several orchestras and ensembles, including the Jerusalem Symphonic orchestra, Musikfabrik Ensemble, Ensemble 20/21 and Israeli contemporary players. He has been awarded with several scholarships such as “American-Israel Culture Foundation” and Alfred Toepfer “Concerto-Music Stipendium”. In 2016 he participated in the renowned Darmstadt contemporary music course in the class of Yaron Deutsch.  

Tal has taken part in master classes with well-known musicians such as David Russell, Pavel Steidl, Zoran Dukic, Alvaro Pierri, Quartetto Casals, Anthony Spiri, Kelemen Quartett, etc.

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