Klezmer Concerto

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Principal Conductor Mei-Ann Chen


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An evening to dream

As a child in the USA, violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley grew up with klezmer. Today he is first concertmaster of the great Berlin Philharmonic – and has fulfilled a long-cherished dream of writing a violin concerto in klezmer style. He performed the premiere of his “Fidl-Fantazye” in Pittsburgh in 2016. This klezmer vision for solo violin and orchestra is just as sensually flamboyant as Franz Schreker’s Chamber Symphony – a musical vision composed in 1916 in Vienna by the son of a Jewish photographer and a Styrian aristocrat.


Franz Schreker: Chamber Symphony in A major, op. 17
Noah Bendix-Balgley: Fidl-Fantazye, a Klezmer Concerto


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Noah Bendix-Balgley


The all-rounder not only accomplishes unique things with his violin as concertmaster and soloist, but also expresses his love for klezmer as a composer.

Recreation - Das Orchester


Recreation is special in many ways: consisting of musicians whose nationalities range from Japan to Venezuela, most of the members received part of their training in Graz. After its formation in 2002, the collective played unique halls such as the Alte Oper Frankfurt and worked with outstanding conductors.

Mei-Ann Chen


Born in Taiwan, Mei-Ann Chen has lived in the US since 1989 and holds a doctorate in music (conducting) and a master’s degree in violin performance. One of America’s most promising young conductors, she was the first woman to win the Malko International Conductors Competition and has been appointed chief conductor of Recreation Graz beginning fall 2021.