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Noah Bendix-Balgley

Violin
First Concertmaster, Berliner Philharmoniker

  • Considering it his life-long pursuit, Noah Bendix-Balgley has a personal sound that connects with his audience in a meaningful way. Whether he’s leading the Berlin Philharmonic as First Concertmaster, performing chamber music or in front of the orchestra as soloist, Noah’s gift of communication through music has reached listeners all around the world.

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  • As a soloist, Noah regularly appears with leading international orchestras and in recital at the world’s finest halls. Recent highlights include concerto appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic, and solo engagements with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Verbier Festival Orchestra at Schloss Elmau, Nagoya Philharmonic, Utah, Quebec, Shanghai, NHK, and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras, a tour with Apollo’s Fire Orchestra performing on period instruments, performing the Brahms Double with the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra and Alisa Weilerstein, touring  with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra  and extensive recital tours throughout Asia and Europe, including performances at the Berlin Philharmonie, Beethovenhaus Bonn, National Concert Hall Wroclaw and National Concert Hall in Taipei. 


    The 2021/22 season featured the world premiere of the chamber version of his Klezmer concerto with the Kammerakademie Potsdam, a tour with the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, concerto appearances with the Dresden and Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestras, the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfaltz, and performances of neglected violin works by Leone Sinigaglia with the Berlin Philharmonic and music director Kirill Petrenko. 


    The 2022/23 season will feature Noah’s solo concerto debut at Carnegie Hall, performing as the featured soloist on the upcoming Berlin Philharmonic USA tour under the direction of Kirill Petrenko. The upcoming season also features debuts with the Baltimore Symphony and Promusica Columbus, as well as a return to the Pittsburgh Symphony. 


    Noah is a renowned performer of traditional klezmer music, a musical style which has been part of his life since an early age. He has performed with world-renowned klezmer groups such as Brave Old World and has taught at klezmer workshops throughout Europe and the United States. In 2016, Noah composed and premiered his own klezmer violin concerto, Fidl-Fantazye, with the Pittsburgh Symphony conducted by Manfred Honeck. In April 2023, Noah will present a Late Night Klezmer concert with the Berlin Philharmonic at the Philharmonie, performing his klezmer concerto. 


    A passionate chamber musician, Noah performs in several fixed ensembles including a trio with pianist Robert Levin and cellist Peter Wiley, the Rosamunde String Quartet (with members of Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics) and the multi-genre septet Philharmonix, which features members of both the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras. Philharmonix releases their 3rd album on Deutsche Grammophon in 2022.  Recent and upcoming chamber highlights include performances at the Seattle Music Festival, Bergen International Festival, the Sarasota Festival, ChamberFest Cleveland, Zermatt Festival, Le Pont Festival in Japan and worldwide touring with Philharmonix including an ongoing multi-year residency at Vienna’s Konzerthaus.


    Born in Asheville, North Carolina, Noah began playing the violin at age 4. At age 9, he played for Lord Yehudi Menuhin, graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the Munich Hochschule studying with Mauricio Fuks, Christoph Poppen and Ana Chumachenco. Now a gifted educator himself, Noah teaches at the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic. He has served on the juries of the Menuhin Competition, the Carl Nielsen Competition as chair of violin jury and in September 2022 will sit on the jury for the Indianapolis International Violin Competition. Noah gives master classes around the world, including at his alma mater in Indiana, Morningside Music Bridge, Domaine Forget, Australian National Academy of Music and the Shanghai Orchestra Academy. 

    2022-23 season / 578 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Conductors

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

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

Intermusica represents Noah Bendix-Balgley worldwide

Aimee Chow
Director (Berlin)
+44 20 7608 9949
achow@intermusica.co.uk

Katalin Oldland
Administrator, Artist Management
+44 20 7608 9928
koldland@intermusica.co.uk

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Chansonnier

HK Gruber

Counter-tenor

Tim Mead

Piano accompanist

Roger Vignoles