Erik Bendix and Noah Bendix-Balgley
AT & Violin Masterclass
As First Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Noah Bendix-Balgley travels the world teaching violin masterclasses to aspiring advanced violinists. Less well-known is that he has been taking Alexander Technique lessons since he was 11, and that his father, Erik Bendix, is a well-seasoned Alexander Technique teacher with decades of experience lending a hand (or two) to violinists. Here, for the first time, they join forces to boost the skills of some promising young violinists studying in Berlin. The students will present short pieces for unaccompanied violin, and Noah and Erik will help them use less effort to create more satisfying music.
The Berlin Philharmonic 2022 – 2023 season will just be starting the week the AT Congress Berlin 2022 takes place. This evening salutes that convergence by bringing two generations and two beautiful traditions together. Berlin has been home to five generations of the Bendix family, with Erik’s sixth generation the only exception. He currently divides his time between Berlin and Asheville, North Carolina.
About Erik Bendix and Noah Bendix-Balgley
I started skiing at age 10 while attending school at the Ecole d’Humanité in Switzerland. Skiing scared me stiff at the time. I managed to reach moderate skiing competence by my 20’s, but was stuck at a plateau of skill until I began studying the Alexander Technique. Then, suddenly, my skiing began opening up and has been opening since. Every day on the slopes now brings further improvement. I have been experimenting with applying Alexander Technique to skiing for over 25 years now. In 2004, I was encouraged to go public with this work by Steven Shaw (of The Art of Swimming), and began teaching and writing about it. Movement touches all aspects of my life. I am known as a teacher of world folk dance traditions, I practice Tai Chi, I swim and I have a private practice teaching Alexander Technique and Body-Mind Centering®. I also write and translate poetry, a movement form in words. Although I have now written a book on skiing, my experience of skiing goes far beyond words, often into bliss. I teach it because I want to share that.“
First Concertmaster, Berliner Philharmoniker
Considering it his life-long pursuit, Noah Bendix-Balgley has a personal sound that connects with his audience in a meaningful way. Whether he’s leading the Berlin Philharmonic as First Concertmaster, performing chamber music or in front of the orchestra as soloist, Noah’s gift of communication through music has reached listeners all around the world.
As a soloist, Noah regularly appears with leading international orchestras and in recital at the world’s finest halls. Upcoming highlights this season include debuts with the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Buffalo Philharmonic, NHK Symphony Orchestra and a play-direct program with the Kammerakademie Potsdam. Recent highlights include his concerto debut with the Berlin Philharmonic (play-direct), concerto appearances with the Verbier Festival Orchestra at Schloss Elmau, debuts with the Shanghai and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras, and extensive recital tours throughout Asia and Europe, including performances at the Berlin Philharmonie, Beethovenhaus Bonn, National Concert Hall Wroclaw and National Concert Hall in Taipei.
In 2016 Noah composed and premiered his own klezmer violin concerto Fidl-Fantazye with the Pittsburgh Symphony conducted by Manfred Honeck, a piece which he also performed with the China Philharmonic. Further performance highlights include concerts with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre National de Belgique, the Utah Symphony, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Auckland Philharmonia, the Nagoya Philharmonic, a tour with Apollo’s Fire Orchestra performing on period instruments and performing the Brahms Double Concerto with the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra and Alisa Weilerstein.
A passionate chamber musician, Noah performs in several fixed ensembles including a trio with pianist Robert Levin and cellist Peter Wiley and the multi-genre septet Philharmonix featuring members of both the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras, which just released their 2nd album on Deutsche Grammophon. Recent and upcoming chamber highlights include performances at the Seattle Music Festival, Bergen International Festival, the Sarasota Festival, ChamberFest Cleveland, Zermatt Festival, Le Pont Festival in Japan and worldwide touring with Philharmonix including a multi-year residency at Vienna’s Konzerthaus.
Noah is also a renowned performer of traditional klezmer music, a musical style which has been part of his life since an early age. He has performed with world-renowned klezmer groups such as Brave Old World and has taught at klezmer workshops throughout Europe and the United States. He performs on a Cremonese violin made in 1732 by Carlo Bergonzi.
Thursday, 25 August 2022
19:30 h - 21:00 h
Performance/Music/Acting/Voice||Practical Teaching Skills