Biography of Musica Bella Orchestra member Kyle Armbrust

Kyle Armbrust, viola, made his New York debut in Avery Fisher Hall in 2002, performing the Bartok Viola Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra under Kurt Masur. He was awarded first prize in the Chicago Viola Society, Midwest Young Artists, and Rembrandt Chamber Players competitions, and the Faber Music Prize at the 2003 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition.
      An active chamber musician, Kyle is a founding member of the Phaedrus Quartet, which performed recitals in the Aix en Provence (FRA), Schleswig Holstein (DEU), and Verbier (CHE) Festivals during July 2006. The Quartet was formed six years ago at Juilliard, and has since collaborated with Yuri Bashmet and Joshua Bell and performed all over Europe. Kyle also plays with the Xtreme Trio, a string trio that specializes in new music; and with the Knights, a chamber orchestra out of Brooklyn that recently performed a premiere by Mark O’Connor entitled Harmony, a work for solo violin and chamber orchestra, along with the composer.
      In May 2005, Kyle was invited to perform the Brahms g minor piano quartet with Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma at the Neue Gallery in New York City, and in December 2005 he performed the Bach Viola Concerto in E flat with The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in Bern, Switzerland. Since winning a sub-list audition in January 2005, he has performed regularly in the viola section of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
      Kyle received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Misha Amory, Heidi Castleman, and Michael Tree, with whom he continues to study while pursuing an Artist Diploma at Juilliard.
      Kyle performed the Walton Viola Concerto with Musica Bella on December 10, 2006.

Musica Bella concerts: January 30, 2005; May 21, 2006; December 10, 2006

This bio last updated September 19, 2006