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.