Pianist Andrew Armstrong explores poetry and music at free concert

Music for Youth and Pequot Library will present a free young persons’ concert by Andrew Armstrong, pianist who will explore Poetry and Music, the language of rhythm, expression and emotion on Nov. 19, at 2 p.m., at Pequot Library.

In conjunction with the Library’s Edgar Allan Poe exhibit, Armstrong will share music from composers inspired by the poets and great writers of their time.

Praised by critics for his passionate expression and dazzling technique, pianist Andrew Armstrong has delighted audiences around the world. He has performed solo recitals and appeared with orchestras in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States, including performances at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and Warsaw’s National Philharmonic. He has performed with such conductors as Peter Oundjian, Itzhak Perlman, Günther Herbig, Stefan Sanderling, Jean-Marie Zeitouni, and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, and well as in chamber music with violinist James Ehnes; cellist Robert deMaine; the Elias, Alexander, American, and Manhattan String Quartets, as a member of both the Caramoor Virtuosi at the Caramoor International Music Festival, and also as a member of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players in New York City. Since 2010, he has been a member of the Amelia Piano Trio.

Before beginning his career as a concert pianist, Armstrong received over 25 national and international First Prizes. In 1996, he was named Gilmore Young Artist. At the 1993 Van Cliburn Competition, where he was the youngest pianist entered, he received the Jury Discretionary Award. The New York Times wrote, “Armstrong may have been the most talented player in the competition…. He’s a real musician. We’ll hear more from him.” As the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported, Van Cliburn himself, “in a rare showing of enthusiasm for an individual competitor,” called Mr. Armstrong “Fabulous! Fabulous!”  In chamber music, Mr. Armstrong has collaborated with violinist James Ehnes, releasing 4 CDs to critical acclaim. Upcoming releases include works of Strauss & Franck, Leclair & Tartini-Kreisler. The Amelia Trio will release it first CD of trios of Debussy and Tchaikovsky with Armstrong as pianist in February of 2017.

Andrew Armstrong is devoted to outreach programs and playing for children. In addition to his many concerts, his performances are heard regularly on National Public Radio and WQXR, NYC’s premier classical music station.

Armstrong’s concert will be followed by a master class for advanced piano students.  Registration is required for participation in piano master class. Interested students should email [email protected] for more information.

The concert in November is free for adults attending with children. Adults attending without children are asked to make a goodwill donation to help sustain future programs. No tickets or advanced registration is required to attend the concert. To learn about future concerts, visit musicforyouth.net or email [email protected]

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