Itay Talgam 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 then he has conducted many orchestras around the world, including the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, and the Leipzig Opera House. Talgam now teaches leadership to Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits and universities, and at conferences around the world. He also founded the Maestro Program, to help everyday people develop a musician's collaboration and a conductor's leadership.