Kit Armstrong

Kit Armstrong ( born March 5, 1992, California ) is a pianist and composer.


His mother is a native of Taiwan investment banker. His father, an Englishman, he never learned to know. By nine months, he began to speak, to count a little later and to be expected. At age five he began playing the piano and composing at age eight, he made his concert debut. At the age of nine, he began to study music and science at Chapman University. In 2004 he studied with Claude Frank and Eleanor Sokoloff at the Curtis Institute of Music. He completed his musical studies at the Royal Academy of Music and study mathematics at Imperial College London. He also received piano lessons from Alfred Brendel, the Armstrong as "the greatest musical talent, who I met in my entire life," designated. Meanwhile, Armstrong has a wide range of solo concerts and performances as a pianist with orchestra boast, including appearances at Carnegie Hall. In 2006 he won the international competition Kissinger Piano Olympus.

The repertoire of the young artist consists of works by Bach, Bartók, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Haydn, Liszt, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Ravel and Schumann. Among them are the entire Well-Tempered Clavier Volume 1 by Johann Sebastian Bach 's complete sonatas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and some Beethoven sonatas.

Armstrong has composed works of various genres. Among these piano sonatas, works for violin and other instruments, as well as a symphony are entitled Celebration, which was performed by the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. He wants this plant no longer see listed because it does not ausreize the possibilities of an orchestra.


  • Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, commissioned by the Association Frankfurt Bach concerts, UA: November 4, 2010 in the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Conductor: Paul Meyer.


  • Four -time winner of the " Morton Gould Young Composer Award " for young composers


In September 2008, Armstrong took Bach, Liszt and Mozart for on.

In April 2012, GENUIN released a CD of Armstrong, Andrei Bielow and Adrian Brendel with piano trios by Haydn, Beethoven, and Liszt Armstrong.

On September 27, 2013 Kit Armstrong published his solo debut, " Bach, Ligeti, Armstrong " at Sony Music. On the CD, he presents 12 chorale preludes by Johann Sebastian Bach in his own transcription for piano ( originals were for organ ), his self-composed tribute " Fantasy on BACH " and parts of " Musica ricercata " by Ligeti. Armstrong's Fantasy on BACH is inspired by the chorale from Bach's Little Organ Book. He said it was important to have certain properties of these pieces, such as a character precisely defined, a uniformity in texture and tone, as well as variations around a theme tune around, which is retained even in its original form to take up for his tribute.