Admired as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, and recitalist, Andrew Armstrong is an internationally acclaimed pianist.
A native of New Canaan, Connecticut, he began studying the piano at age 7 with Bebe Rodde and entered regional competitions. In his teens, he studied with Miyoko Nakaya Lotto at the Hoff-Berthelson Music School in Scarsdale. A recipient of the Dolan Prize, he was educated at Columbia University, and when he was in his freshman year, he entered the 1993 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas, where he won a Jury Discretionary Award, as well as accolades from Cliburn himself. Following multiple national and international competition wins, Armstrong endured a period of professional and personal adjustments, but his career rebounded, thanks to an introduction to conductor Günther Herbig, who invited him to perform with the Columbus Symphony. Since then, he has appeared with many orchestras in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia, and played at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and Warsaw's National Philharmonic. With a repertoire of more than 35 piano concertos, Armstrong has performed works from the Baroque era to the modern period, and shown his abilities in chamber music performances with the Alexander, American, and Manhattan String Quartets. Armstrong participates in educational outreach programs and frequently performs concerts for children. In 2004, Armstrong released an album of solo piano works by Rachmaninov, Scriabin, and Mussorgsky, and in 2012 and 2013 released albums of the music of Bartók with violinist James Ehnes.