Nigel Armstrong, Sonoma’s internationally acclaimed violinist, returns at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 11, in concert at the Jacuzzi Family Vineyards Winery, 24724 Arnold Drive, Sonoma.
He will be accompanied by well-known Bay Area pianist, Miles Graber. Armstrong’s program will include the Preludio and Gavotte from Bach’s Partita No. 3 in E major (BWV 1006); Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, op. 47, “The Kreutzer”; Debussy’s Claire de Lune; Tchaikovsky’s Melody; and Mozart’s Violin Sonata in G major, K. 301, as well as a couple of added surprises.
Hailed as “an astonishing talent with exquisite technique” and as “gifted” and “blazing” by the Chicago Tribune, Armstrong began his violin studies here in Sonoma at the age of 5 with Leta Davis. He made his debut in 2002 with the Baroque Sinfonia and has since performed with the Boston Pops and Norwegian Radio Orchestras, the Reno and Burbank philharmonic symphonies; the Berkeley and Downey symphony orchestras; Bozeman Symphony, San Francisco Youth Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Teatro Colon, Argentina; the American Philharmonic of Sonoma County, with which he performed for two seasons, the Marin Symphony, and the American Youth Symphony for which he was concertmaster from 2009 to 2011.
In 2010, he achieved silver medal wins in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in Oslo, Norway, and The First International Violin Competition in Buenos Aires. In both competitions, he won additional prizes, including the Premio Tango award in Buenos Aires, and the Ole Bull and Nordheim awards in Oslo. He was a finalist in the 2011 Tchaikovsky International Competition, receiving fourth prize and winning Best Performance of a Commissioned Work by John Corigliano with “Stomp.” He soloed with the Pacific Symphony in November 2012 and debuted with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in April 2013.
Tickets for this special concert, Armstrong’s only appearance in Sonoma this year, are $35 for adults, $30 for members of the Sonoma Classical Music Society, and $10 for students. In addition, there will be special “bistro” seats available at tables for $50 a ticket. Individuals who buy a table of four will receive a free bottle of wine.