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Program

8 April - 11:00 h (Local Time)
FreiRaum

Photos: Lars Landmann

KIT ARMSTRONG AND ANNIKA TREUTLER

Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
Six Canonic Etudes for two pianos, op. 56

Kit Armstrong (*1992)
"Farewell" for Two Pianos (commissioned piece | world premiere)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
Sonata in D major for Two Pianos, KV 448

Along with pieces by Robert Schumann and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the programme features the world premiere of a composition for two pianos created by Kit Armstrong especially for the Movimentos Festival at the Autostadt. Kit Armstrong and Annika Treutler, who performed together at Movimentos in 2015, will open the matinee series devoted to the piano at the 2018 edition of the festival.

Mentored by Alfred Brendel, pianist, organist and composer Kit Armstrong is well established in the classical music scene. He has performed at almost all of Europe's major concert halls as a soloist or with renowned orchestras including the London-based Philharmonia Orchestra and the Bavarian State Orchestra. In 2014 Kit Armstrong created his own concert hall in the disused art deco church Eglise Sainte-Thérèse in Hirson, France, which he purchased and converted into a cultural centre. He made his debut with the Vienna Philharmonic in the spring of 2017.

Armstrong has already received six Morton Gould Young Composer Awards from the ASCAP Foundation in New York for his compositions, including the prestigious Charlotte V. Bergen Award. In 2012, Movimentos Edition released a CD of piano trios that he recorded with Andrej Bielow and Adrian Brendel. Armstrong has been releasing solo recordings with Sony Classical since 2013, most recently Liszt: Symphonic Scenes (2015).

The Movimentos Festival has been accompanying the exceptionally-gifted Kit Armstrong on his journey since 2011. Audiences had the opportunity to hear him in Wolfsburg as a soloist in 2011 and 2014 as well as in the piano trio with Adrian Brendel and Andrej Bielow in 2012. In 2015 he performed here with Annika Treutler (piano) and Annelien van Wauwe (clarinet).

Pianist Annika Treutler is known for her imaginative and original interpretations, which have earned her numerous national and international awards. She held a Deutscher Musikwettbewerb (German music competition) scholarship in Berlin in 2011 and won third prize at the Montréal International Piano Competition in 2014. One year later she was accepted at the Verbier Festival Academy, where she attended master classes with Ferenz Radoz and Arie Vardi.
After completing her master's degree at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media she continued to attend Bernd Goetzke's solo class there. Her concert performances have taken her throughout Europe as well as to Israel and the USA.
She performed at the Movimentos Festival in 2013 and 2015 and has recorded a CD with works by Robert Schumann for the Movimentos Edition series.