The Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce its 2016-2017 season under the baton of Artistic Director Nicholas Armstrong. The orchestra will join together to perform concerts of classical, romantic, and 20th-century works at the Brooklyn Museum, in addition to concerts of smaller ensembles throughout the borough. Founded in 1973, the orchestra, a mix of talented amateur, semi-professional, and professional musicians, is made up of people from all walks of life who play for the sheer joy of the experience.
During Mr. Armstrong’s tenure, the orchestra has grown into one of the most respected community groups in the metropolitan area. Armstrong is active as an opera and symphony conductor, violinist, and vocal coach. He has conducted throughout the United States and Europe, and in his native England, where he began his musical studies. He graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in composition and viola. Armstrong subsequently studied conducting at the Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello in Venice, where he was also a member of the Teatro La Fenice orchestra. He has worked with Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta, Norman Del Mar, Nino Rota, and Otto Werner Mueller. Armstrong earned a master’s degree in conducting from Virginia Commonwealth University. While studying in Richmond, he conducted a performance of the Verdi Requiem for the re-opening of the Loew’s Theater, which was renamed the Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts. Armstrong was music director of the New Music Orchestra of Washington and the Montgomery County Youth Chamber Orchestra. As an opera conductor, he has led performances of the Prince George’s (MD), Richmond, Capitol (DC), and Victorian Lyric Opera Companies.
Described by the press as “outstanding” and “excellent”, Felipe Tristan is quickly establishing himself as an orchestral conductor and soloist. Recently, The Epoch Times wrote about his performance: “An expert flutist. Elegant, impressive breath control… [his] playing was suave with a focused warm tone.”
In 2011, Mr. Tristan won a place in the Kenan Performing Arts Fellowship at Lincoln Center Education, a prestigious program for emerging artists, which culminated in his successful New York debut recital, “Viva La Flauta!” at Lincoln Center. He is a founding member of New York-based ensembles Altius Winds and The Metropolitan Four (“The M4”). In 2016, Mr. Tristan and The M4 will be recording their first CD, produced by Grammy Award-winner Brandie Lane. As a first-prize winner of the Shining Stars Concerto Competition, Mr. Tristan recently performed with the NY Concerti Sinfonietta. He has also received awards from the Winston-Salem Foundation, DW Productions, Organization of American States, and CONARTE.
An accomplished conductor, Mr. Tristan was recently appointed Assistant Conductor of the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra under the direction of maestro Nicholas Armstrong. Mr. Tristan held the same position with the Litha Symphony Orchestra for the 2014-2015 season, in New York City. Mr. Tristan has conducted ensembles in the United States and Mexico, including the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Astoria Symphony Orchestra, Queens College Orchestra, Filarmónica Juvenil de Nuevo León, in concerts and workshops. His conducting teachers and mentors include: Tong Chen, Tito Muñoz, Paul Nadler, Maurice Peress, Donald Portnoy, George Rothman, Mark Shapiro, Kirk Trevor, Ransom Wilson.
Mr. Tristan has experience in arts administration, artistic programming, fundraising, marketing, and social media strategy. Mr. Tristan has a B.M. (Flute Performance) from the Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey, a B.A. (Communications/Marketing) from the Universidad Regiomontana, an M.M. (Flute Performance) from the University of Houston, and a Performance Artist Certificate from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Currently, he continues his studies in Conducting in the evening division of The Juilliard School, under the direction of conductor Mark Shapiro.