Soloist: Kit Armstrong, piano
Bryce Dessner/Woodkid, Three Hundred and Twenty
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat Major, K482
Nicole Lizée, 8-Bit Noir
Robert Schumann, Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120 (original version 1841)
Youthful virtuosity, energetic creativity and zealous vision for the future all blend seamlessly in the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie – a democratically organised orchestra that shapes the music of the future whilst honouring the past. Recipients of the 2020 Cultural Commitment Award¸ Junge Deutsche Philharmonie are joined by soloist Kit Armstrong. A mathematical genius who has carved out a glittering career as a composer and pianist, Armstrong’s newly adopted artistic home is a former house of worship, the Church of Sainte-Thérese-de-l'Enfant-Jésus located in the city of Hirson, Northern France, which he refurbished as a concert hall.
The stylistic and genre diversity that is the hallmark of conductor André de Ridder, founder of the experimental orchestra s t a r g a z e, is reflected in the finely balanced freshness of the evening’s programme: the familiarity of the past merges with the optimism of new sounds, first venturing into minimalism, which revives the music of the early Baroque, and then merging live performance with video.
Members of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie found themselves on fire (and flying high) in a thoroughly entertaining, polished and engaging performance that would be hard to beat by any youth orchestra in the world. … Throughout the piece the orchestra played thoughtfully and intelligently and judging by their body language were enjoying every minute and every note of melodic score.
Tony Cooper, 2018
A brilliant pianist who combines musical maturity and youthful daring in his exceptional playing.
New York Times