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Asheville Symphony’s Artist Residency is a biennial initiative that celebrates the legacy and impact of one instrument with the help of a renowned artist.

In 2024, we kicked off this initiative with A Celebration of the Violin featuring world-renowned violinists Noah Bendix-Balgley and Shanshan Yao.

This initiative will return in the 2025-2026 season! Until then, you can explore the 2024 Artist Residency: A Celebration of the Violin below.

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.

Noah Bendix-Balgley, Violin
Click here to read more about Noah.
Noah Bendix-Balgley, Violin
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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.

Shanshan Yao, Violin
Click here to read more about Shanshan.
Shanshan Yao, Violin
Click here to read more about Shanshan.

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.

Hear from Noah Bendix-Balgley and Shanshan Yao about Asheville Symphony’s Artist Residency: A Celebration of the Violin

 

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Thank you to everyone who supported the first-ever Artist Residency! If you’d like to explore this initiative and learn about giving opportunities for the next Artist Residency, click the button below or get in touch with our development team at  828.254.7046 or reach out to development@ashevillesymphony.org.

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Artist Residency Featuring Noah Bendix-Balgley