Kyle Armbrust, Principal Viola
Violist Kyle Armbrust has performed as soloist with The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Lake George Chamber Orchestra, Maple City Chamber Orchestra, and Musica Bella Orchestra of New York. He has been described as "assured, brilliant, and stylish" in The New York Times, and "musically mature" and "technically sound" in the New York Post. Kyle was awarded first prize in the Chicago Viola Society, Midwest Young Artists, and Rembrandt Chamber Players Competitions, and the Faber Prize at the 2003 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition. As winner of the 2002 Juilliard Concerto Competition, Kyle performed the Bartok Viola Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra under the direction of Kurt Masur in Avery Fisher Hall.
An active chamber musician, Kyle is a founding member of the Phaedrus String Quartet. Formed in 1999, the quartet has performed extensively in Europe, including recitals in the Aix en Provence, Schleswig Holstein, and Verbier Festivals, and collaborations with Nicholas Angelich, Yuri Bashmet, Joshua Bell, Dimut Poppen, and Yevgeny Sudbin. Kyle has participated in the Marlboro and Ravinia Festivals, has gone on tour with Musicians from Ravinia's Steans Institute, and was invited to perform with Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma at the Neue Gallery in New York City in 2005.
In addition to his solo and chamber music activities, Kyle was recently named Assistant Principal Violist of the New Jersey Symphony. He performs with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Knights Chamber Orchestra and is a substitute member of the New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra. Kyle received his BM ('03), MM ('06), and Artist Diploma ('08) from The Juilliard School and studied with Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory, and Michael Tree.