Imbi Tarum graduated as a pianist from Tallinn Music Academy and further pursued harpsichord studies attending master classes with Ton Koopman, Vaughan Schlepp, Richard Egarr, Jacques Ogg, Bob van Asperen, Menno van Delft and Therese de Goede. She is highly valued as a soloist and an ensemble partner and is the artistic director of the Estonian Harpsichord Festival.
During 1978–1992, Imbi Tarum performed as a harpsichordist with the internationally reputed ensemble Hortus Musicus. Since 1992, Imbi Tarum has played extensively with ensemble Tallinn Baroque, Tallinn Baroque Orchestra and Corelli Consort and has participated in projects with Arte dei Suonatori, Concerto Copenhagen, Concerto Palatino, His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts a.o. She has collaborated with many distinguished musicians including Wieland Kuijken, Andrew Lawrence-King, Harry van der Kamp, Gloria Banditelli, Ellen Hargis, Edward Parmentier, Yves Cuenot, Lucy van Dael, Aureliusz Golinski, Xiang Gao, Alberto Martini, Stephane Rety, Bolette Roed, Ashley Solomon, Bruno Re, Rafael Palacios, Andrea Mion a.o.
Imbi Tarum teaches at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and is in charge of running the early music centre.
Among her recent recordings it is worth to mention CD “Vertigo” with French harpsichord music released by Estonian Record Production (ERP), recording project of all Vivaldi’s violin sonatas with soloists Andrei Reshetin, Anfisa Kalinina, Andrei Penyugin, Nazar Kozukhar, Maria Krestinskaya, Evgeni Sviridov, Maria Katarzhnova and Boris Begelman (Baltic Baroque, ERP) and recording of Domenico Dall’Oglio’s violin sonatas with Maria Krestinskaya (Pan Classics).