Kit Armstrong

Kit Armstrong is one of the most remarkable phenomena in world of classical music today. Having been celebrated early on for his intelligence, musicality and technical skill, he is now recognized as a mature artist firmly set on the path to an extraordinary career. While his technique is flawless, his precocity and his intuitive musicality give him a profound connection to the music that is simultaneously analytical and deeply emotional.

Kit is firmly established both as a pianist and as a composer. He has made recital appearances at the Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Wigmore Hall in London, the Zurich Tonhalle, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Cologne Philharmonie, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. Noteworthy orchestral projects include concerts with Esa-Pekka Salonen and tours with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Christoph von Dohnányi, the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester under Riccardo Chailly and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Robin Ticciati. An avid chamber musician, he has recorded a CD together with violinist Andrej Bielow and cellist Adrian Brendel.

Kit Armstrong studied at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in music from the Royal Academy of Music, London and a Master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Paris, VI.

Gloria Chien

Picked by the Boston Globe as one of the Superior Pianists of the year, “… who appears to excel in everything,” pianist Gloria Chien made her orchestral debut at the age of 16 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Since then, she has appeared as a soloist under the batons of Sergiu Comissiona, Keith Lockhart, Thomas Dausgaard, and Irwin Hoffman. She has presented recitals at the Alice Tully Hall, Jordan Hall, Gardner Museum, Phillips Collection, Caramoor and Verbier Music Festivals, Salle Cortot in Paris, AlpenKlassik in Germany and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan. A passionate chamber musician, Gloria has been the resident pianist with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston since 2000. She has recorded for Chandos Records, and recently released a CD with clarinetist Anthony McGill. In 2009, Gloria launched String Theory, a chamber music series in downtown Chattanooga. The following year, she was appointed Director of the Chamber Music Institute at the Music@Menlo Festival. A native of Taiwan, Gloria is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music (DMA ’04, MM 01′, BM ’99) where she was a student of Russell Sherman and Wha-Kyung Byun. She is an Associate Professor at Lee University in Cleveland, TN, and is a member of Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center. Gloria is a Steinway Artist.

Gilles Vonsattel

Called a "wanderer between worlds" by the Lucerne Festival, Swiss-born American pianist Gilles Vonsattel is an artist of extraordinary versatility and originality.

Gilles began touring after capturing the top prize at the prestigious 2002 Naumburg International Piano Competition. He went on to win numerous prizes in major international events such as the Cleveland and Honens competitions, the 2006 Concours de Genève, and earned an Avery Fisher career grant. He made his Alice Tully Hall debut in 2002 and has performed with the Warsaw Philharmonic; at Warsaw’s Chopin Festival, and Tokyo’s Opera City Hall; and with the Utah, Santa Fe, Nashville, and Grand Rapids symphonies, the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, the San Francisco Symphony, the Musikkollegium Winterthur, and the Calgary Philharmonic.

Deeply committed to the chamber music repertoire, Gilles Vonsattel has been an artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since the 2012-2013 season, and is a former member of Chamber Music Society Two. He has performed with the Seattle and Philadelphia chamber music societies, and has collaborated with artists such as Emmanuel Pahud, Jörg Widmann, Kim Kashkashian, Ida Kavafian, Cho-Liang Lin, Paul Neubauer, Jerome Lowenthal, David Shifrin, Heinz Holliger, Gary Hoffman, David Jolley, Carter Brey, and Yo-Yo Ma.

Gilles received his B.A. in political science and economics from Columbia University and his M.M. from The Juilliard School, where he worked with Jerome Lowenthal. He is Assistant Professor of Piano at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is a Steinway Artist.

 

Randall Scarlata

With warm sound, consummate musicianship, and communicative power, Randall Scarlata has established himself as an artist comfortable in Bach oratorio, Rossini operas, German lieder, Tin Pan Alley, and the newest of new music. He has appeared with orchestras such as Philadelphia, San Francisco, Minnesota, and Vienna's Tonkünstler, as well as Early Music ensembles and is regularly invited to international festivals including Ravinia, Marlboro, Salzburg, Spoleto, and LCCMF.

Randall's repertoire spans four centuries and sixteen languages. A champion of new music, he has premiered works by Crumb, Rorem, Musgrave, and Ludwig, among others. With Tin Pan Alley songs he wins over lovers of art songs and popular music alike. He has appeared in recital on five continents, with Richard Goode, Cameron Stowe, Jeremy Denk, Ken Noda, Jonathan Biss, and Laura Ward.

Recent and upcoming highlights include performances of Schubert's Winterreise with pianist Gilbert Kalish, the CD releases of his celebrated performance of the Celebrant in Bernstein's Mass (a Gramophone Editor's Choice), as well as songs of Lori Laitman and chamber music of Paul Moravec, the world premiere and recording of George Crumb's American Songbook, Bach's Christmas Oratorio in Vienna and Los Angeles, Wolf's Italienisches Liederbuch with soprano Hyunah Yu and pianist Ken Noda, and Brahms' Requiem with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.