“The current and former concertmasters of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra are joining the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University or taking on additional responsibilities there,” writes Elizabeth Bloom in Friday’s (8/2) Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Noah Bendix-Balgley, 28, the PSO’s current concertmaster, will join the CMU faculty as an artist lecturer this fall to coach student string quartets. Andres Cardenes, 55, who was the PSO’s concertmaster from 1989 to 2010, will be the new artistic director of orchestral studies at the CMU School of Music. In this capacity, he will head up orchestral activities and conduct two CMU Philharmonic concerts. Mr. Cardenes already is Dorothy Richard Starling and Alexander Speyer Jr. university professor of violin. Since 2011, Mr. Bendix-Balgley has been the PSO’s concertmaster…. Mr. Cardenes has taught at CMU since 1989, when he started as concertmaster of the PSO…. He replaces Ronald Zollman, who resigned this spring.… He plans to involve faculty in the orchestra program, including having them sit in on or lead rehearsals. And he is working with CMU to revamp the concert experience at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland, such as improving acoustics, lighting and audience development efforts.”

Posted August 2, 2013