As Noah Bendix-Balgley explains in this film portrait, the concertmaster has a particularly responsible role in the orchestra. He doesn’t only have to master extremely virtuoso solo passages – such as in the tone poems of Richard Strauss – but he also facilitates communication between conductor and orchestra. Born in North Carolina, Bendix-Balgley, who studied under the famous violin teacher Ana Chumachenko among others, has appeared as a soloist with some of the best orchestras in the world. He was appointed 1st concert master of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2014, having previously held the same position with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The musician is never without his violin, which was made in the 18th century by the famous Cremonese violin maker Carlo Bergonzi.