Concertmaster’s Blog

Learn more about Fidl-Fantazye: A Klezmer Concerto

Learn more about Fidl-Fantazye: A Klezmer Concerto

Noah Bendix-Balgley, former Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concertmaster and current 1st concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, will debut his original klezmer concerto, Fidl-Fantazye, during the season finale weekend of the BNY Mellon Grand Classics on June 17-19. Noah shared some background and insight into the piece with us: […]

Noah Bendix-Balgley: Portraying Strauss’ Wife

Noah Bendix-Balgley: Portraying Strauss’ Wife

This European tour has been particularly exciting for me because we are performing Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben in many of our concerts. In addition to its status as one of the greatest tone poems, Heldenleben also features the perhaps the biggest and most challenging concertmaster solo […]

Noah Bendix-Balgley: A Day Off in Bucharest

Noah Bendix-Balgley: A Day Off in Bucharest

The orchestra arrived yesterday in Bucharest, Romania. Many of the stops on this European tour are familiar ones to the Pittsburgh Symphony. We are lucky enough to play regularly in Paris, Berlin, Vienna and Frankfurt. This is only my second European tour with the symphony, […]

PSO Concertmaster’s Blog: The Difference Between a Modern Violin & a Baroque Violin

PSO Concertmaster’s Blog: The Difference Between a Modern Violin & a Baroque Violin

Noah Bendix-Balgley discusses the difference between a modern violin & a baroque violin.  

PSO Concertmaster’s Blog:  Noah’s Violin

PSO Concertmaster’s Blog: Noah’s Violin

PSO Concertmaster, Noah Bendix-Balgley, discusses his violin and the selection process when finding a new instrument.

PSO Concertmaster’s Blog: Klezmer Music

PSO Concertmaster’s Blog: Klezmer Music

PSO Concertmaster, Noah Bendix-Balgley, discusses klezmer music.

PSO Concertmaster’s Blog: Questions from Young Musicians

PSO Concertmaster’s Blog: Questions from Young Musicians

PSO Concertmaster, Noah Bendix-Balgley, addresses questions from young musicians, revealing information from what sparked his interest in the violin to how he memorizes music.

PSO Concertmaster’s Blog: What is Concertmaster?

PSO Concertmaster’s Blog: What is Concertmaster?

PSO Concertmaster, Noah Bendix-Balgley, discusses his path to becoming the concertmaster and his responsibilities associated with the position.

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

The final concert of our 2012 European Residency Tour was in Luxembourg. I arrived in the late afternoon before the concert with some orchestra colleagues. I hailed a taxi at the train station, and the taxi driver immediately recognized us as musicians from our instrument […]

Musikverein!

Musikverein!

Last night was the first concert of the PSO’s weeklong residency at the Musikverein in Vienna. The Musikverein is truly one of the great concert halls in the world, and it is a privilege to be able to perform there. I had been in the […]



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