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.