Solo Bravura with Noah Bendix-Balgley
THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2024, 7:00 P.M.
CENTRAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin
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. Spanning five centuries of violin masters, this daunting program begins with Bach’s formidable first violin sonata and one of Paganini’s most fiendish creations. Then we venture into the 21st century with John Corigliano’s “mistuned” bluegrass- and jazz-inspired solo piece written for scordatura violin. Finally, Bendix-Balgley tackles the “almost unplayable” work by Bartók, composed right here in Asheville.
J. S. Bach Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor
Paganini Caprice No. 24
Bartók Sonata for Solo Violin
Born in Asheville, North Carolina, Noah began playing the violin at age 4. At age 9, he played for Lord Yehudi Menuhin who, among many accomplishments, commissioned and premiered Bartók’s Sonata for Solo Violin which is featured on this program. He graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the Munich Hochschule. Noah Bendix-Balgley enjoys a wide-ranging musical life as a violinist. He is First Concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker and tours both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. His clear and heartfelt personal sound has reached and moved listeners around the world.