"When one player sets this kind of standard, it throws down the gauntlet for the rest," claims
The Philadelphia Inquirer about 22-year-old violinist Nigel Armstrong who is attracting attention in the classical music world. Mr. Armstrong established an international presence as a finalist in the 14th Tchaikovsky International Competition in 2011, where he was the highest ranked American prizewinner and was also awarded the prize for Best Performance of the commissioned solo work Stomp by John Corigliano. Honored by Musical America Magazine as their "Young Artist of the Month" in 2012, Armstrong has won silver medals in the 2010 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, held in Oslo, Norway, and the First International Violin Competition in Buenos Aires.
Since making his solo debut at the age of 12 with the Baroque Sinfonia in Santa Rosa, CA, Mr.
Armstrong has performed with the Boston Pops, Pacific Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber
Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Berkeley Symphony, Glacier Symphony, San Francisco
Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Asociación de Profesores de la Orquesta Estable del Teatro
Colón, American Philharmonic of Sonoma County and the St. Petersburg, Ft. Wayne, and Reno
Philharmonic Orchestras. In the 2012-2013 season, he appeared as soloist on Chicago Symphony Orchestra's MusicNOW series and made debuts with the symphony orchestras of Marin, Santa Barbara and Stamford, CT. The same season also brought a return engagement to the Pacific Symphony for a performance under the baton of conductor Carl St.Clair and a reengagement with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) to present a solo performance/lecture on the solo violin works of Bach for the Baroque Conversations series.
In the 2013-2014 season, Mr. Armstrong appeared with conductor Sir Neville Marriner in Dusseldorf, as well as performances with the Reading Symphony in Pennsylvania, and the American Youth Symphony in L.A.
While classical music is Mr. Armstrong's passion, he also enjoys exploring different traditions of musical expression including jazz, fiddle, and tango demonstrated in his previous recitals in South America featuring Argentinian tango music, as well as being the recipient of the 2nd prize in the Cloverdale Annual Old Time Fiddle Contest at the age of 9.
As a chamber musician, Armstrong has performed throughout the West Coast of the United States as well as in Montreal and Banff, Canada as first violinist of the former Peresson Quartet. Summer Festival appearances include the Aspen Music Festival, Music@Menlo, the Steans Institute at Ravinia, as well as Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA.
Born in Sonoma, California, Mr. Armstrong is a graduate of the Colburn Conservatory of Music, where he studied with renowned pedagogue Robert Lipsett, and received an Artist Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Arnold Steinhardt and Shmuel Ashkenasi. Past teachers include Zaven Melikian, Li Lin, and Donald Weilerstein. Mr. Armstrong currently resides in Boston, MA.