Asheville Symphony’s Artist Residency: A Celebration of the Violin celebrates the impact and the legacy of the violin and features world-renowned violinists Noah Bendix-Balgley and Shanshan Yao.
Either a violinist’s dream recital program or their worst nightmare: Noah Bendix-Balgley takes the stage alone for a solo violin program full of technical Everests. In this recital at Central United Methodist Church, Bendix-Balgley tackles the “almost unplayable” Sonata for Solo Violin by Bartók, composed right here in Asheville 80 years ago to the day of this performance!
Noah Bendix-Balgley and Shanshan Yao headline this all-violin, all-concerto program as a husband and wife duo. An iconic Chinese work for violin and orchestra, Butterfly Lovers kicks off the program with virtuosic and intertwining melodies. The delicate dance between the two violins continues with Bach’s Double Violin Concerto. Finally, Bendix-Balgley takes on the grand finale: Brahms’s one and only violin concerto, famed for its technically demanding passages and stunning lyricism.
Asheville Symphony’s Artist Residency: A Celebration of the Violin
Asheville Symphony presents its first-ever Artist Residency, celebrating the impact and the legacy of the violin and featuring world-renowned violinists Noah Bendix-Balgley and Shanshan Yao.
The biennial residency initiative honors and explores one musical instrument in collaboration with a preeminent musical artist. Through an exploration of genre, instrumentation, solo performance, and more, this week-long residency offers programmatic content for a wide range of audiences with an emphasis on education. At each residency, Asheville Symphony audiences will discover new ways to appreciate and understand a musical instrument and its role in an orchestra.
Whether you are a music student who is new to the violin, a music lover who is curious to experience how an instrument is employed across genres, or a longtime Symphony patron with a favorite violin concerto, the Artist Residency will deepen your insight and increase your esteem for this amazing instrument’s place in the musical canon.
Born in Asheville, North Carolina, Noah Bendix-Balgley began playing the violin at age 4. He is First Concertmaster of one of the greatest orchestras in the world, the Berliner Philharmoniker, and tours both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. He graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the Munich Hochschule. Noah enjoys a wide-ranging musical life as a violinist. His clear and heartfelt personal sound has reached and moved listeners around the world. He joins the Asheville Symphony for the inaugural Artist Residency: A Celebration of the Violin.
Chinese violinist Shanshan Yao joins forces with her husband Noah Bendix-Balgley for the Asheville Symphony Artist Residency: A Celebration of the Violin. Ms. Yao joined the roster of the New York Philharmonic in 2013. As a soloist she has performed with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, and more. She has won numerous competitions including the Calgary Concerto Competition and Morningside Music Bridge Concerto Competition and has degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and The Julliard School.
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Supporting your Asheville Symphony’s Artist Residency: A Celebration of the Violin
Be part of the excitement as native son Noah Bendix-Balgley returns to thrill Asheville audiences in a weeklong series of education-focused workshops, recitals, and concert performances with his wife and fellow violinist Shanshan Yao.