For twenty years, Peter Wiley has guided the young cellists and chamber musicians of Curtis with a steady hand and a generous spirit. This icon of chamber music, a longtime member of both the Guarneri Quartet and the Beaux Arts Trio, is joined by Berlin Philharmonic concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley and the eminent pianist and scholar Robert Levin in an unforgettable evening of music-making. These luminaries bring their decades of experience, insight, and mastery to Franz Schubert’s epic piano trios, No. 1 in B-flat major, D. 898 and No. 2 in E-flat major, D. 929, completed in the final year of the composer’s life.
Trio in B-flat major, D. 898
Noah Bendix-Balgley was appointed first concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic in 2014. A laureate of the 2009 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, he has also won first prize at the Vibrarte International and Andrea Postacchini competitions. He has appeared as a soloist with the Pittsburgh and North Carolina symphony orchestras; the Fresno, Erie, and French Radio philharmonics; and the Belgian National Orchestra, among others.
From 2011 until 2015, Mr. Bendix-Balgley was concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Among his solo appearances with the orchestra was the premiere of his own Klezmer Violin Concerto. Also an experienced chamber musician, he was formerly the first violinist of the Munich-based Athlos String Quartet. He has also collaborated with the Miro Quartet, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Gary Hoffman, Emanuel Ax, Lars Vogt, and percussionist Colin Currie; and appeared at the Verbier and Sarasota festivals, ChamberFest Cleveland, Nevada Chamber Music Festival, and Chamber Music Connects the World in Kronberg, Germany.
Born in Asheville, North Carolina, Mr. Bendix-Balgley is a graduate of Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music and the Munich Hochschule. In his spare time, he enjoys playing klezmer music, 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.
Peter Wiley, a 1974 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, has played at leading festivals including the Marlboro Music Festival, for which he also tours and records. As a recitalist he has appeared at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. A member of the Beaux Arts Trio from 1987 to 1998, Mr. Wiley also succeeded his teacher, David Soyer, as cellist of the Guarneri String Quartet from 2001 to 2009. He is a member of the piano quartet Opus One, with Curtis faculty members Ida Kavafian and Steven Tenenbom and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott.
Mr. Wiley entered Curtis at age thirteen. At twenty he was named principal cello of the Cincinnati Symphony, after one year with the Pittsburgh Symphony. He made his concerto debut at Carnegie Hall in 1986 with the New York String Orchestra conducted by Alexander Schneider.
A past recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, Mr. Wiley joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1996. He also teaches at the University of Maryland and Bard College Conservatory of Music.
Pianist Robert Levin has been heard in recital, as soloist, and in chamber concerts on four continents. He has performed with the orchestras of Berlin, Birmingham, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Montreal, and Vienna with such conductors as Bernard Haitink, Neville Marriner, Seiji Ozawa, Simon Rattle, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. On fortepiano he has appeared with the Academy of Ancient Music, London Classical Players, Orchestra of the Age of
Enlightenment, and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, working with John Eliot Gardiner, Christopher Hogwood, Charles Mackerras, Nicholas McGegan, and Roger Norrington. He has performed at the Sarasota, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Bremen, Lockenhaus, and Verbier festivals.
Dr. Levin is renowned for restoring the Classical-period practice of improvised embellishments and cadenzas. His Mozart and Beethoven performances have been hailed for their active mastery of the Classical musical language. He has recorded for the Archiv, CRI, Oiseau-Lyre, Deutsche Grammophon, ECM, Nonesuch, Philips, and SONY Classical labels.
Dr. Levin worked with Nadia Boulanger in Fontainebleau and Paris while still in high school, before attending Harvard University. Upon graduation he headed the musical studies department of the Curtis Institute of Music for five years. He has also held teaching positions at Harvard University, SUNY—Purchase, the Conservatoire Américain in Fontainebleau, and the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany.