Noah Bendix-Balgley is a new mentor in the Crescendo programme, which brings together younger and more experienced musicians in concert and in personal musical encounters throughout the year. The young talented artists that Bendix-Balgley has taken under his wing have already accumulated plenty of routine and recognition in the course of their careers, and all have performed at the Bergen International Festival before.
In this concert the strings take centre stage. Bendix-Balgley is joined by violinists Sonoko Miriam Welde, Ludvig Gudim and Johan Dalene, violists Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad and Michael Grolid, and cellist Amalie Stalheim. They perform Johannes Brahms's powerful String Quintet no. 2, Franz Schubert's intense Quartet Movement in C minor, and Erwin Schulhoff's playful and mystical String Quartet no. 1.
The mentor himself, first concert master with the Berlin Philharmonic, makes his own mark in the 2019 Bergen International Festival: he is a member of the brilliant septet Philharmonix, which appears in Håkonshallen and he gives two concerts with pianist Christoph Traxler at Lysøen.
Picture: Noah Bendix-Balgley (photo: Nikolaj Lund), Sonoko Welde (photo: Nadia Norskott), Ludvig Gudim (photo: Jiyang Chen), Johan Dalene (photo: Nikolaj Lund), Eivind Ringstad (photo: Nikolaj Lund), Michael Grolid (photo: Steinar Dahl), Amale Stalheim (photo: Christopher Hästbacka)