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.
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-Pfalz, 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 four. At nine, 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.