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Noah Bendix-Balgley

Violin
First Concertmaster, Berliner Philharmoniker

  • First Concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Noah Bendix-Balgley has thrilled and moved audiences around the world with his performances.

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  • Since becoming a Laureate of the 2009 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and gathering top prizes at further international competitions, Noah has appeared as a soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre National de Belgique, the Utah Symphony, the Auckland Philharmonia, and the Nagoya Philharmonic. In 2016, Noah performed the world premiere of his own klezmer violin concerto, Fidl-Fantazye with the Pittsburgh Symphony, conducted by Manfred Honeck. Recent and forthcoming highlights include his concerto debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in January 2018, recital tours in Taiwan, China, and Europe and performances of his klezmer concerto with orchestras in the USA and with the China Philharmonic, as well as his period instrument debut, performing the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Apollo’s Fire Orchestra in Cleveland.

    From 2011 until 2015, Noah was Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. His Pittsburgh debut recital in January 2012 was named the “Best Classical Concert of 2012” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Noah also performed his own version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” for solo violin in front of 39,000 fans at the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Opening Day at PNC Park.

    Noah is a passionate and experienced chamber musician. He currently performs as a member of the multigenre septet Philharmonix, which features members of both the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras and will release their new Deutsche Grammophon album in early 2018. Noah performs in a piano trio with cellist Peter Wiley and pianist Robert Levin. Noah appears regularly at music festivals in Europe, North America, and Asia, including the Aspen Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Society, the Sarasota Festival, ChamberFest Cleveland, Domaine Forget, the Zermatt Festival and the Le Pont Festival in Japan.

    Born in Asheville, North Carolina, Noah began playing violin at age 4. At age 9, he played for Lord Yehudi Menuhin in Switzerland. Noah graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the Munich Hochschule. His principal teachers were Mauricio Fuks, Christoph Poppen, and Ana Chumachenco.

    In his spare time, he enjoys playing klezmer music. He has played with world-renowned klezmer groups such as Brave Old World, and has taught klezmer violin at workshops in Europe and in the United States.


    Noah performs on a Cremonese violin made in 1732 by Carlo Bergonzi.

    2017/2018 season / 396 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Conductors

Manfred Honeck
Leonard Slatkin
Michael Francis
Joann Falletta
Theodore Kuchar
Joshua Weilerstein
James Gaffigan
Juraj Valcuha
Krzystof Urbanski
Nikolaj Znaider
Lars Vogt
Yan Pascal Tortelier
Christoph Poppen
Michael Stern
Keith Lockhart
Gianandrea Noseda
Jaime Laredo
Gilbert Varga
Gabor Takacs Nagy
Christopher Warren-Green

Performance highlights

Pittsburgh SO
Radio France
Orchestre National de Belgique
I Pomeriggi Musicali Milan
Chamber music with members of the Berliner Philharmoniker including Andreas Ottensamer, Stephan Koncz and Amihai Grosz
Trio tour with Robert Levin and Peter Wiley
Klezmer violin concerto premiere with Honeck and Pittsburgh SO in Spring 2016

Awards

2009 Queen Elisabeth Laureate
1st prize, Vibrarte International Competition in Paris
1st prize, Intl Violin Competition “Andrea Postacchini” in Fermo, Italy

Key repertoire

Bach
Violin Concerto in A minor BWV 1041
Violin Concerto in E major BWV 1042
Concerto for Two Violins in D minor
Concerto for Violin and Oboe
Brandenburg Concertos


Barber
Violin Concerto


Bartók
Violin Concerto No.1 (op. posth.) 
Rhapsody No.1 


Beethoven
Violin Concerto in D, Op.61 (with original cadenzas)
Romance No.1 & No.2 


Noah Bendix-Balgley
Fidl-Fantazye: A Klezmer Concerto 


Bloch
Baal Shem Suite (Three Pictures from Hassidic Life


Brahms
Violin Concerto in D major Op.77
Double Concerto Op.102


Bruch
Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor
Scottish Fantasy Op.46


Dvořák
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.53 


Glazunov
Violin Concerto in A minor


Khachaturian
Violin Concerto


Lalo
Symphonie Espagnole, Op.21 


Mendelssohn
Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64


Mozart
Violin Concertos No.3, No.4 & No.5
Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola
Rondo in C major
Adagio in E major


Ravel
Tzigane 


Sarasate
Zigeunerweisen


Saint-Saëns
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso


Sibelius
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.47


Tchaikovsky
Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35 


Vieuxtemps
Violin Concerto No.5


Vivaldi
The Four Seasons


Wieniawski
Concerto No.2 in D minor 

A strong, pure tone and complete assurance

New York Times

He’s a truly gifted musician with the technical goods and artistic depth. His performance of the Khachaturian earned him five bows, or was it six? He thanked the audience with an encore, a Bach Partita played beautifully.

Bloomington Herald-Times

There was electricity in the air of the Temple Emanuel in Mt. Lebanon as violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley stepped onto the stage… He displayed a musical sensibility that seemed to channel violinists of old. In repertoire Romantic, modern and Jewish, his dark-hued tone and slight sliding to notes evoked violinists such as Fritz Kreisler, whose famed “Liebesleid” he played as an encore… He had arrived and we were glad to have him.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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