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Noah Bendix-Balgley

First Concertmaster, Berliner Philharmoniker

  • Noah Bendix-Balgley enjoys a wide-ranging musical life as a violinist. He is First Concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker and tours both as a chamber musician and as a soloist. His clear and heartfelt personal sound has reached and moved listeners around the world.

  • Ob er die Berliner Philharmoniker als Erster Konzertmeister leitet, Kammermusik spielt oder als Solist vor dem Orchester steht – Noah Bendix-Balgleys Gabe, durch Musik zu kommunizieren, erreicht Zuhörer auf der ganzen Welt.

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  • In the 2022/23 season, Noah makes his concerto debut at Carnegie Hall, performing as the featured soloist of the Berliner Philharmoniker USA tour under the direction of Kirill Petrenko. The season also features debuts with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and ProMusica Columbus, as well as a return to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, where he was concertmaster from 2011 to 2015.

    As soloist, Noah appears frequently with leading international orchestras, as well as in recital at the world’s finest halls. Recent highlights include concerto appearances with the Philharmonic Orchestras of Berlin, Dresden, Auckland, Nagoya, and Oklahoma City. He has also performed with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestras of Utah, Pittsburgh, Quebec, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. He has toured with Apollo’s Fire Orchestra performing on period instruments, performed the Brahms Double Concerto with Alisa Weilerstein and the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, toured with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, and given recitals at the Philharmonie Berlin, Beethoven-Haus Bonn, the National Forum of Music in Wrocław, and the National Concert Hall in Taipei.                               

    Noah is a renowned performer of traditional klezmer music, a musical style that has been part of his life since an early age. He has performed with celebrated klezmer groups, such as Brave Old World, and has taught at many klezmer workshops. In 2016, Noah composed and premiered his own klezmer violin concerto, Fidl-Fantazye, with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by Manfred Honeck. In November 2021, he premiered the chamber orchestra version of Fidl-Fantazye with the Kammerakademie Potsdam, and in April of 2023, he will perform his klezmer concerto with members of the Berliner Philharmoniker at a ‘Late Night’ concert at the Philharmonie Berlin.

    A passionate chamber musician, Noah performs in several ensembles: in a trio with pianist Robert Levin and cellist Peter Wiley, with the Rosamunde String Quartet that includes members of the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics, and with the multi-genre septet Philharmonix, which features members of both the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras. Philharmonix tours worldwide, has an ongoing multi-year residency at Vienna’s Konzerthaus, and in 2022 released its third album on Deutsche Grammophon. Noah’s other recent chamber highlights include performances at the Seattle Music Festival, Bergen International Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, ChamberFest Cleveland, Zermatt Music Festival, and the Le Pont Festival in Japan.

    Born in Asheville, North Carolina, Noah began playing the violin at age 4. At age 9, he played for Lord Yehudi Menuhin. He graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the Munich Hochschule. His principal mentors were Mauricio Fuks, Christoph Poppen and Ana Chumachenco. A laureate of the 2009 Queen Elisabeth Competition, he also won top prizes at the Long-Thibaud Competition in France and the Postacchini Competition in Italy.

    Now a gifted educator himself, Noah teaches at the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker. He has served on the juries of the Menuhin Competition, the Indianapolis International Violin Competition, and as chair of the violin jury at the the Carl Nielsen Competition. He has given master classes at his alma mater Indiana University, and at academies around the world including Morningside Music Bridge, Domaine Forget, the Australian National Academy of Music, and the Shanghai Orchestra Academy.

    2022-23 season / 582 words. Not to be altered without permission.
  • In der Saison 2022/2023 gibt Noah Bendix-Balgley sein Solodebüt in der Carnegie Hall mit den Berliner Philharmonikern und tritt als Solist im Rahmen ihrer USA-Tournee auf. Weitere Debüts führen ihn zum Baltimore Symphony Orchestra und zu ProMusica Columbus sowie abermals zum Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, wo er von 2011 bis 2015 als Konzertmeister tätig war.

    Als Solist tritt er regelmäßig mit führenden internationalen Orchestern auf und konzertiert mit Solokonzerten als auch Recitals in den großen Sälen der Welt. Er ist als Solist u. a. mit dem Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, dem Auckland Philharmonia, dem Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, dem Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, den Dresdner Philharmonikern, dem Stuttgarter Kammerorchester und den Sinfonieorchestern aus Utah, Quebec, Shanghai, und Guangzhou aufgetreten.

    Noah ist ein renommierter Interpret traditioneller Klezmermusik, die ihn seit seiner Jugend begleitet. Er hat mit bekannten Klezmer-Gruppen wie Brave Old World zusammengearbeitet und in ganz Europa und den USA bei Klezmer-Workshops unterrichtet. 2016 brachte Noah sein eigens komponiertes Klezmer-Violinkonzert Fidl-Fantazye mit dem Pittsburgh Symphony unter der Leitung von Manfred Honeck zur Uraufführung. Im April 2023 wird er eine Kammerversion mit Kollegen der Berliner Philharmoniker im Rahmen eines eigenen „Klezmer“ Late Night-Konzerts aufführen.

    Als leidenschaftlicher Kammermusiker arbeitet Noah mit mehreren festen Ensembles, darunter ein Trio mit dem Pianisten Robert Levin und dem Cellisten Peter Wiley, das Rosamunde String Quartet (mit Mitgliedern der Los Angeles und New York Philharmonics) sowie das Multi-Genre-Septetts Philharmonix, dem Mitglieder der Berliner und Wiener Philharmoniker angehören. Mit Philharmonix veröffentlichte Noah 2022 bereits sein drittes Album bei der Deutschen Grammophon, ist Opus Klassik Gewinner 2018 und bereist weltweit die großen Konzertsäle. Philharmonix hat außerdem seinen eigenen Abo-Zyklus im Großen Saal des Wiener Konzerthauses.

    Aktuelle und kommende Kammermusik-Highlights inkludieren Auftritte beim Seattle Music Festival, dem Bergen International Festival, dem Sarasota Festival, ChamberFest Cleveland, Zermatt Festival sowie dem Le Pont Festival.

    Geboren in Asheville, North Carolina, begann Noah im Alter von vier Jahren mit dem Geigenspiel. Mit 9 Jahren spielte er vor Lord Yehudi Menuhin. Er ist Absolvent der Indiana University Jacobs School und hat an der Musikhochschule München bei Mauricio Fuks, Christoph Poppen und Ana Chumachenco studiert. 2009 war er Laureat beim Queen Elisabeth Wettbewerb in Brüssel und hat außerdem Preise beim Long-Thibaud Wettbewerb in Paris und Postacchini Wettbewerb in Italien gewonnen. Jetzt wirkt er selbst als Pädagoge an der Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker und gibt regelmäßig Meisterkurse, u. a. bei seiner Alma Mater in Indiana, der Morningside Music Bridge, dem Domaine Forget, der Australischen National Academy of Music und der Shanghai Orchestra Academy.

    Saison 2022/23 / 443 Wörter. Darf ohne Genehmigung nicht verändert werden.


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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


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

Key repertoire

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

Violin Concerto

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

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

Noah Bendix-Balgley
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

Violin Concerto

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 

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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