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Kit Armstrong

piano

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Kit Armstrong
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Kit Armstrong has fascinated the music world ever since he entered the international stage twenty years ago. Hardly any other young artist is as accomplished and versatile, hailed by the New York Times as a "brilliant pianist" who "combines musical maturity and youthful audacity in his exceptional playing". Kit Armstrong's approach to music is inspired by his education in sciences and mathematics. He has developed a strong artistic profile by tracing the roots of western classical keyboard music to the 16th century virginalists, making musical rarities an integral part of his performances and relating them to the great classical masterpieces of the piano literature.

Kit Armstrong dedicates a large part of his concert activities in 2024 to the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Under the name of Expedition Mozart, he will perform together with a newly founded ensemble of exceptional musicians and close friends at the Philharmonie Luxembourg, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Cologne Philharmonie as well as at the Piano Festival Ruhr and the Mozartfest Würzburg.  

His debut album for Deutsche Grammophon with works by William Byrd and John Bull, the founding fathers of music for keyboard instruments, was released in 2021 and immediately reached a high position in the German classical music charts.

Born in Los Angeles in 1992, Armstrong studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London. At 7, he started studying composition at Chapman University and physics at California State University, later also chemistry and mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania and mathematics at Imperial College London. He earned a master's degree in pure mathematics at the University of Paris VI. Alfred Brendel, who has guided Kit Armstrong as teacher and mentor since 2005, ascribes to him " an understanding of the great piano works that combines freshness and subtlety, emotion and intellect".

OSR Live

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphonie N° 4 en si bémol majeur op. 60

Jonathan Nott

conductor

Recorded on 30 July 2020 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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Jonathan Nott | Sergey Khachatryan

Concerto pour violon et orchestre

Recorded on 30 July 2020 at Victoria Hall, Geneva