Tag: concertmaster

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra shimmers in Scheherazade

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra shimmers in Scheherazade

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra does many praiseworthy things that greatly add to the cultural life of Pittsburgh other than just play concerts. One thing that they do that most other top-level performing arts organizations don’t, is so frequently premiere new music. This past weeks’ performances […]

Spinning Scottish Fantasies

Spinning Scottish Fantasies

Have I mentioned that I have a hopeless crush on our dashing concertmaster, Noah Bendix-Balgley? It’s completely embarrassingly and very sixth grade, but there you have it. In my own defense, my friend Michelle, who accompanied me on our adventurous symphonic girls’ night, understands and […]

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Obtains 1732 Bergonzi Violin

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Obtains 1732 Bergonzi Violin

PITTSBURGH – What’s in a name? For Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley, it’s a violin with tremendous sound and a historic pedigree. Bendix-Balgley recently purchased a 1732 Carlo Bergonzi violin from J&A Beare, a dealer in London, after more than a year of searching […]

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, […]

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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