Day of the Keyboard 1

Kit Armstrong

Couperin | Alkan | Debussy | Vierne

Sun, 19.11. | 11.00 | No. 17502

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

All three "Day of the Keyborad" recitals for CHF 120. Form HERE

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18.11.-26.11. 2017



    François Couperin (1668–1733)
    Le rossignol en amour and L’amphibie from Pièces de clavecin
    Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813–1888)
    Five Pieces from Recueil de Chants
    Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
    No. 7 Pour les degrés chromatiques from Douze Études pour le piano
    No. 9 Pour les notes répétées from Douze Études pour le piano
    No. 12 Pour les accords from Douze Études pour le piano
    Louis Vierne (1870–1937)
    Three Nocturnes for Piano, Op. 35

    Many roads lead to Claude Debussy. Kit Armstrong, who made his celebrated debut at LUCERNE FESTIVAL last year, approaches the composer from no fewer than three perspectives. First he will play two Pièces de clavecin by François Couperin, a master of the French Baroque whose works Debussy perceived as the epitome of “everlasting beauty.” Charles Valentin Alkan meanwhile is a representative of the generation of great virtuosos from the 19th century: the French Liszt, so to speak. And Armstrong will present one of the composer’s contemporaries, Louis Vierne, whom Debussy credited with “ingenious discoveries in the area of organ sound.” The 25-year-old Armstrong himself also performs as an organist. Clearly he is a phenomenal multi-talent: alongside his career as a pianist, he is a busy composer, not to mention that he received his degree in mathematics and the natural sciences and is fluent in four languages. This is a brilliant person, as you can tell in every moment of his performances.

    You can purchase the digital concert program here.

    Kit Armstrong

    Born in Los Angeles in 1992, Kit Armstrong started composing at five and shortly after that began learning piano. He later studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and the Royal Academy of Music in London. At the age of 13, he came to know Alfred Brendel, who has guided him as his teacher and mentor. Along with his musical training, Armstrong has studied natural sciences, earning his master’s degree in pure mathematics at the University of Paris. As a pianist, Kit Armstrong today concertizes in such venues as the Musikver-ein in Vienna, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Berlin Philharmonie, NHK Hall in Tokyo, and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. During the past season, he made his debuts with the Staatskapelle Dresden under Christian Thielemann and with the Vienna Philharmonic under Herbert Blom-
    stedt. In 2016 Armstrong additionally made his debut as an organist. He will give organ recitals during the current season at the Berlin and Cologne Philharmonie concert halls. Also on his schedule for 2017-18 are appearances at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York and with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, as well as performances of Mozart’s violin sonatas with Renaud Capuçon at the new Boulez Saal in Berlin. Armstrong has recorded works by Bach and Ligeti; his most recent release is the album Symphonic Scenes, which features music of Franz Liszt. His compositions have received the Morton Gould Young Composers Award and the Charlotte V. Bergen Prize. As a pianist, Kit Armstrong won the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival’s Leonard Bernstein Award (2010) and the WEMAG-Soloist Prize at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival (2014). In 2013 he acquired the Église Sainte-Thérèse in Hirson, France, where he has been presenting concerts and exhibitions since 2014.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 25 November 2016 with a program of works by William Byrd, Wolfgang Amadé Mozart, and Franz Liszt.

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