- Kit Armstrong -
- Beethoven Orchester Bonn
- Dirk Kaftan
Kit Armstrong is a prolific pianist, composer and curator. Born in Los Angeles, he pursued a respected career as a child prodigy in the U.S. before he decided to leave for Europe at the age of 13 to concentrate on his studies and enhance his artistic personality. It was the great Alfred Brendel who guided him as teacher and mentor, ascribing to him “an understanding of the great piano works that combines freshness and subtlety, emotion and intellect”. At the age of 18, he reappeared in public and embarked on a major career throughout Europe. Today at 25, he performs at the world’s premier concert venues and has already worked with prominent conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Christoph von Dohnányi, Manfred Honeck, Kent Nagano, Jonathan Nott, François-Xavier Roth and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
The 2016/17 season saw Kit Armstrong’s debuts with the Staatskapelle Dresden and Christian Thielemann at Suntory Hall Tokyo and his Vienna Philharmonic debut under Herbert Blomstedt. The current season took off with his debut at New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival with Louis Langrée and a concert tour in Japan with the NHK Symphony Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Kit Armstrong performs regularly in a duo with violinist Renaud Capuçon and in a piano trio together with Andrej Bielow and Adrian Brendel. In recent times he has also begun various collaborations with singers.
Sony Classical released Kit Armstrong’s solo debut album with works of Bach, Ligeti and Armstrong in September 2013. His second solo album “Symphonic Scenes”, released in November 2015, displays the many facets of the music of Franz Liszt.
A further facet of Kit Armstrong’s versatile artistic profile are his compositions, with which he has already made lasting impressions. Having won the ASCAP Foundation’s Morton Gould Young Composer’s Award six times, he was also awarded the ASCAP Foundation’s prestigious Charlotte V. Bergen Prize for his composition, Struwwelpeter: Character Pieces for Viola and Piano. His compositions are published by Edition Peters.
In 2013, Kit Armstrong acquired the historical Art-déco church Sainte-Thérèse de l‘Enfant-Jésus in Hirson and made this small village in Northern France his musical home. The church has now become a centre for manifold cultural encounters.
Kit Armstrong beim Beethovenfest
Auftritte bei früheren Beethovenfesten
- Academy of St Martin in the Fields
- Kit Armstrong piano
- Tomo Keller direction