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Kit Armstrong, solo piano

solo piano

Sunday Concert

Livestream with Ticket Reservation

Registration Open / Online / Members

$15 for virtual tickets | $10 for members

Image of pianist Kit Armstrong

On Sunday, October 24 at 4pm, musical phenomenon Kit Armstrong makes his debut at The Phillips Collection. Noted by the New York Times for his musical maturity and youthful daring, Armstrong will perform a varied recital exploring the extra-musical ‘images’ encoded in music with selections ranging from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century. 

Armstrong will begin this journey by evoking images of a pastoral belfry in Byrd’s The Bells and the clucking of a hen in Rameau’s La Poule. He continues with an inspired Fantasia by CPE Bach before turning to two pillars of the repertoire: Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and Liszt’s Dante Sonata. With a nod to Rameau in the last piece of the evening, Armstrong evokes bodies of water and atmospheric lightness in Book one of Debussy’s Images.

This event will be broadcast live from the Music Room on October 24 at 4 PM. To reserve a ticket, follow the link above to register. All registered ticket holders will receive a link directing them to a livestream webpage where the performance can be accessed. Ticket holders will be able to watch this performance “On Demand” for 48 hours following the broadcast time. 

All performances in the 2021/22 concert season take place with a small audience following social distancing rules. We do not retain any in-person general or members tickets at this time. We will update our availability for in-person tickets as rules and restrictions are changed.

Described by the New York Times as a “brilliant pianist” who combines “musical maturity and youthful daring in his exceptional playing”, Kit Armstrong performs as a soloist with some of the world’s most famous orchestras while maintaining an active career as a recitalist and composer.

A passionate chamber music recitalist, Kit Armstrong has developed close artistic partnerships with other leading instrumental and vocal artists. Together with Renaud Capuçon he presented the complete Mozart violin sonatas at the Salzburg Mozartwoche Festival and at Berlin’s Boulez Hall. With Christiane Karg, Julian Prégardien and others he has performed important Lied repertoire. Armstrong also appeared as an organist in recitals at the Berlin Philharmonie and the Cologne Philharmonie. Edition Peters publishes his compositions. Commissioners include the Leipzig Gewandhaus and the Musikkollegium Winterthur.

Armstrong’s solo albums include Liszt: Symphonic Scenes and Bach, Ligeti, Armstrong, both released by Sony Classical. The live performance of a solo recital at Concertgebouw Amsterdam, released on DVD in 2017 under the title Kit Armstrong Performs Bach’s Goldberg Variations and its Predecessors received worldwide praise as one of the most outstanding performances on record (BBC Music Magazine).

Born in 1992 in Los Angeles, Armstrong studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and at 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 the Imperial College London. He earned a master’s degree in pure mathematics at the University of Paris VI. Alfred Brendel, who has guided 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”. Their relationship was captured in the film Set the Piano Stool on Fire by Mark Kidel.

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