Get to know PSO Concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley through this series of informal video blogs where Noah shows you his favorite places in Pittsburgh and previews works on the 2012-2013 season.  To watch the videos, click on the blog entry titles, which appear in red below.  Also, please notice that you are able to share these video blogs with your social network or leave a reply with your comments and questions.

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 in the standard orchestral repertoire. For virtually every concertmaster audition, […]

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Sep 8
 

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, but I can see already that many musicians are familiar […]

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Sep 3
 

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.  

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Mar 18
 

PSO Concertmaster’s Blog: Noah’s Violin

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

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Feb 12
 

PSO Concertmaster’s Blog: Klezmer Music

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

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Jan 7
 

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.

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Dec 3
 

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.

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Nov 15
 

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 cases. I struck up a conversation with the driver after […]

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Nov 11
 

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 Golden Hall of the Musikverein before, but last night was […]

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Oct 30
 

PSO Concertmaster’s Blog: The 2012 European Tour

PSO Concertmaster, Noah Bendix-Balgley, discusses the 2012 European Tour.

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Oct 5