Noah Bendix-Balgley,

1st Concertmaster

Born in Asheville, North Carolina

Member since 2014-08-29


1. Prize at the Concours International de Musique Vibrarte (2011), Laureat of the Koningin Elisabethwedstrijd in Brüssel (2009), 3. Preize and special prize at the Concours International Long-Thibaud in Paris (2008)

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“The concertmaster is a leader among equals in the orchestra, and must serve to facilitate communication between the conductor and the orchestra, and between different sections of the orchestra. The symphony orchestra is a huge organism. The concertmaster must keep his ears and eyes finely attuned to many things at once, and then make the necessary adjustments to provide clarity and leadership that brings the ensemble closer together.”

At the age of four, Noah Bendix-Balgley loved reading the book The Philharmonic Gets Dressed and was thrilled when he first saw other children playing violin. He was fascinated by the singing quality of the instrument and persuaded his parents to let him try it. Thanks to the progress he made, he played as a nine-year-old before Yehudi Menuhin and later studied at Indiana University under Mauricio Fuks and at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich under Christoph Poppen and Ana Chumachenco. He considers it his life-long pursuit as a violinist to find a personal sound that is not only beautiful, but also meaningful and which speaks to the audience. He has won awards at numerous competitions, including the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels (Laureate), the Concours International Long-Thibaud and the Concours International de Musique Vibrarte in Paris.

From 2011 to 2015 he was concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, where he delighted audiences not only as an orchestral musician, but also as a soloist. As a soloist he has performed with various renowned orchestras including the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Orchestre National de Belgique. As a chamber musician, he has worked with the Miro and Athlos string quartets, and performed at many festivals, such as the Sarasota Music Festival, the ChamberFest Cleveland, the Nevada Chamber Music Festival and the Moritzburg Festival. In his spare time he enjoys klezmer music and is an active sportsman. In addition to basketball, he loves outdoor sports such as hiking and skiing and is a fan of basketball and baseball.