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Berlin Philharmonic’s Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley Soars as Guest Artist

The Berlin Philharmonic’s Concertmaster, Noah Bendix-Balgley joins the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra for their Masterworks concert, “Myths, Tzars and Musical Giants,” at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts on Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 8pm. Music Director José-Luis Novo will conduct the orchestra and Mr. Bendix-Balgley in Johannes Brahms’ Concerto for Violin. The concert will also include Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Dance of the Furies from Orfeo and Euridice, Modest Mussorgsky’s Introduction and Polonaise from Boris Godunov, and Sergei Prokofiev’s, Symphony No. 7.

Bendix-Balgley has thrilled and moved audiences around the world with his performances. In 2014, he was appointed Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic. He was a Laureate of the 2009 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, and he won 3rdprize and a special prize for creativity at the 2008 Long-Thibaud International Competition in Paris. 

Bendix-Balgley won the 1stprize at the 2011 Vibrarte International Music Competition in Paris and was awarded 1stprize and a special prize for best Bach interpretation at the “Andrea Postacchini” Violin Competition in Fermo, Italy. 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, Orchestre Royal Chambre de Wallonie (Belgium), and the Erie Philharmonic among others. 

Born in Asheville, North Carolina, Bendix-Balgley 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. 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. He performs on a Cremonese violin made in 1732 by Carlo Bergonzi.