First Concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Noah Bendix-Balgley has thrilled and moved audiences around the world with his performances.
Since becoming a Laureate of the 2009 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and gathering acclaim 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, I Pomeriggi Musicali of Milan, and the Orchestre Royal Chambre de Wallonie (Belgium), among others. Recent and forthcoming highlights include recitals throughout Europe and the United States, and performances with the Adelaide and Auckland symphony orchestras, the Utah Symphony and Nagoya Philharmonic with Thierry Fischer, the China Philharmonic and Guangzhou Symphony with Long Yu, Brahms Double Concerto with cellist Alisa Weilerstein and Tomas Netopil at the Aspen Music Festival, and the premiere of Noah’s own klezmer concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony conducted by Manfred Honeck.
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’s performance with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra of the Beethoven Violin Concerto, featuring his own original cadenzas, was acclaimed by critics and audiences alike. 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 has performed on a North American tour with the Miro String Quartet. From 2008 to 2011, he was the first violinist of the Munich-based Athlos String Quartet, which won a special prize at the 2009 Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Competition in Berlin, and performed throughout Europe. He has performed with artists including Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Gary Hoffman, Emanuel Ax, Lars Vogt, and percussionist Colin Currie. Noah has appeared at numerous festivals in Europe and North America, including the Verbier Festival, the Sarasota Festival, ChamberFest Cleveland, the Nevada Chamber Music Festival and Chamber Music Connects the World in Kronberg, Germany.
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.
Yan Pascal Tortelier
Gabor Takacs Nagy
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
2009 Queen Elisabeth Laureate
1st prize, Vibrarte International Competition in Paris
1st prize, Intl Violin Competition “Andrea Postacchini” in Fermo, Italy
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
Violin Concerto No.1 (op. posth.)
Violin Concerto in D, Op.61 (with original cadenzas)
Romance No.1 & No.2
Fidl-Fantazye: A Klezmer Concerto
Baal Shem Suite (Three Pictures from Hassidic Life)
Violin Concerto in D major Op.77
Double Concerto Op.102
Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor
Scottish Fantasy Op.46
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.53
Violin Concerto in A minor
Symphonie Espagnole, Op.21
Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64
Violin Concertos No.3, No.4 & No.5
Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola
Rondo in C major
Adagio in E major
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.47
Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35
Violin Concerto No.5
The Four Seasons
Concerto No.2 in D minor
New York Times
A strong, pure tone and complete assurance
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.
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.