Piano Days of Tyrol festival Erl - Kit Armstrong
Among the outstanding pianists of the younger generation, Kit Armstrong undoubtedly occupies an exceptional position: born in 1992, he began studying composition and physics at the age of seven and later also chemistry and mathematics. At the age of eleven he graduated from the Sorbonne University in Paris with a Master's degree in pure mathematics. As composer, conductor, pianist, organist, author and mathematician, he is one of the rare universal geniuses of classical music.
With two appearances at this year's Piano Days of the Tyrolean Festival Erl (on April 2 and 4), Armstrong skilfully bridges the gap between two musical antipoles: Rachmaninovian Romanticism and Bach's Baroque. Rachmaninoff, the figurehead of Romantic piano music, was not only one of the greatest pianists of his time, but also himself an intimate connoisseur of the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. His Bach transcriptions for piano are highly virtuoso bows to the genius of Baroque music, which have left deep traces in Rachmaninov's most popular piano concertos. Armstrong's own arrangements of Bach's chorale preludes are an equally virtuoso tribute to both geniuses.