1st concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonics, member of the multi-genre septet Philharmonix – which is also on this year's Bergen International Festival programme – and furthermore, revered in klezmer music: Noah Bendix-Balgley is highly sought after, and his solo performance on Lysøen will be an experience out of the ordinary. He brings with him Christoph Traxler, a young and versatile pianist from Austria who is also a member of Philharmonix.
His violin career began as a four-year-old in North Carolina, and five years later Bendix-Balgley played for Lord Yehudi Menuhin in Switzerland. The merit list of the American violinist spans far and wide as concertmaster with orchestra, soloist and chamber musician.
'All the different things keep me motivated and artistically stimulated', says the violinist.
Bendix-Balgley convinces and communicates through music and has chosen a varied list of works by Bach, Brahms and Ravel for the concert, as well as Baal Shem Suite by Swiss-American Ernest Bloch, which Bendix-Balgley performed as early as in his own bar mitzvah.
'A strong, pure tone and complete assurance' - THE NEW YORK TIMES
Picture: Noah Bendix-Balgley (photo: Nikolaj Lund), Christoph Traxler (photo: Julia Stix)