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An early Crowden School string quartet

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Alumni Spotlight

Violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley, TCS '97, is First Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic.

I was lucky enough to attend the Crowden School from 1995 to 1997, and it had a profound influence on my life, and my decision to become a musician. At the Crowden School, I played chamber and orchestral music for the first time. The joy and excitement of making music with others was infectious, and I haven't stopped since!

Noah Bendix-Balgley listening at a master class for Crowden School students

Since his Crowden beginnings, Noah has thrilled and moved audiences around the world with his performances as a concerto soloist, chamber artist, competition winner, and orchestral and klezmer player. He has toured North America with the Miró Quartet, collaborated with Emanuel Ax, and still serves as Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony, among many other distinctions. Yet as the international stage continues to beckon, he appreciates his roots:

I’m grateful to Crowden’s dedicated and passionate teachers. They inspired a dream in me, and gave me the skills to achieve it.

Noah Bendix-Balgley with Crowden faculty members

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