American pianist and composer Kit Armstrong was born in Los Angeles on 5 March 1992 into a non-musical Taiwanese-British family. At five he taught himself to compose by reading an encyclopaedia and then began to study piano and composition. He made his debut as a pianist, aged eight, with the Long Beach Bach Festival Orchestra. He studied at Curtis from 2003 and then from 2004 at the Royal Academy of Music in London (where, in parallel, he studied pure mathematics at Imperial College). Since 2005 he has studied regularly with Alfred Brendel.
His compositions are published by Edition Peters, and he has made two solo piano CDs for Sony Music Entertainment. As a pianist he has appeared with many orchestras and conductors internationally, and he has won a series of awards.
In 2012 he purchased a former Roman Catholic church in the city of Hirson in France as a hall for concerts and exhibitions. From March 2020 onwards he has recorded a video every day from this church. The series, Musique, ma patrie, has been covered by French national TV and press.
Further information: kitarmstrong.com
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