First invitation to the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande: 24 March 2011
Described by the New York Times as a "remarkable pianist" who combines "his musical maturity and bold youth in his outstanding performances," Kit Armstrong performs as a soloist with leading orchestras while maintaining an active career as a recitalist and composer.
Born in 1992 in Los Angeles, Armstrong studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London. At the age of seven, he began studying composition at Chapman University and physics at California State University. Later he also studied chemistry and mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania and mathematics at Imperial College London. He obtained a Master's degree in pure mathematics at the University of Paris VI. Alfred Brendel, Armstrong's teacher and mentor since 2005, attributes to him "an interpretation of the greatest works for piano combined with freshness and subtlety, emotion and intelligence". Their relationship was immortalized in the film Set the Piano Stool on Fire directed by Mark Kidel.
Armstrong has performed in the most prestigious concert halls with some of the world's leading orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.