“As a pianist, I'm always in search of unforgettable sounds. I experienced such sounds repeatedly in recent years playing C. Bechstein grand pianos.“
Kit Armstrong about Bechstein
Kit Armstrong was born in Los Angeles in 1992. He started composing at the age of five and had first piano lessons soon after that. At the same time, he also proved to be very talented in mathematics, natural sciences and foreign languages. Armstrong performs regularly in the greatest concert halls (Musikverein, Vienna; Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; Royal Festival Hall, London; Phiharmonie, Berlin; Laeiszhalle, Hamburg; Philharmonie, Cologne; NHK Auditorium, Tokyo; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels), playing with such outstanding directors as Riccardo Chailly, Christoph von Dohnányi, Manfred Honeck, Kent Nagano, Jonathan Nott and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
A chamber music aficionado, Kit Armstrong performs regularly with Andrej Bielow (violin) and Adrian Brendel (cello). He has also begun accompanying singers.
A versatile artist, Armstrong is also famous as a composer: New York's ASCAP Foundation has repeatedly awarded him the Morton Gould Young Composers Award, while several institutions (including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Winterthur Musikkollegium and the Frankfurt Bachkonzerte) commissioned compositions that have been published by Edition Peters. He also composed "Stop Laughing, We're Rehearsing", a work for piano trio that has been recorded on CD.
Kit Armstrong performed at the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Stuttgarter Liederhalle, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, the Parco della Musica in Rom and many other concert halls on C. Bechstein.
Photos © Neda Navaee, Gregor Willmes