The Arts Desk


"Armstrong has a musical personality to match the heavyweight Russians, producing an enormous sound when necessary, but always rounded, and always fine-tuned to the needs of his duo partner in flawless synchronicity."

Jonathan A. Neufeld
The Tennessean

"Pianist Andrew Armstrong's Bartók [3rd Piano Concerto] sparkled and swayed... Armstrong leaned into the almost jazzy-sounding syncopations, popping the accented rhythms with a verve and a bright tone.  Soloist and orchestra were extremely well matched.  The second movement, Adagio religioso, again allowed Herbig and the orchestra to show textural delicacy as Armstrong made the most of sparse, shifting chords.  The amount of expression that Armstrong is able to draw out of the material is remarkable."

Photograph by Benjamin Ealovega