Maestro Nicholas Armstrong is Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, ensemble in residence at the Brooklyn Museum. Nick is currently in his twenty-third season with the orchestra and he continues to lead the dedicated musicians through a demanding repertoire of unusual and thrilling music. Under his creative leadership the orchestra has grown significantly in size and ability, and now enjoys the reputation of being “one of the East Coast’s finest community orchestras” — certainly its most fun! It is without doubt one of New York City’s crown jewels and Nick is proud of the work his colleagues have done in bringing the orchestra to the Brooklyn Museum.
Nick is originally from the tiny village of Bursledon, outside Southampton in the south of England. He moved in a serial fashion to larger and larger cities—Bristol, where he studied composition and viola at the University of Bristol; Venice, where he was a member of the orchestra of the famed Teatro La Fenice, and where he studied conducting at the Conservatorio “B. Marcello”; Richmond, VA, where he was a member of the Richmond Symphony while taking his Master of Music in Conducting at Virginia Commonwealth University; Washington D.C. where as a freelance opera and orchestra conductor he was in great demand; and New York, or more specifically, Brooklyn, where he has made his home since 1985. He has led opera performances with Virginia Opera, New York Chamber Opera, the Queens Opera Association among many others.
He is an accomplished violist, and specializes in Baroque music as a violinist, violist, and harpsichordist. As a music educator he has been Executive Director of the Preparatory Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College, and has been in demand as an orchestral clinician throughout New York State.
Felipe Tristan is quickly establishing himself as one of the most sought- after conductors from Mexico. He has performed in China, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Mexico, Panama, and in many U.S. cities, including Chicago, Houston, Washington DC, San Diego, New Orleans, and Minneapolis. In New York, his performances have been on some of the foremost stages, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, DiMenna Center for Classical Music, and the Brooklyn Museum.
Winner of the International Conductors Workshop & Competition Atlanta 2018, Mr. Tristan is Music Director of the International Summer Opera Festival of Morelia, the Symphony Orchestra of the Americas in New York, and the Repertory Symphony Orchestra at the precollege division of the Manhattan School of Music. In 2017, he toured China for the first time, conducting and presenting a TEDx talk about the benefits of music. That year, he also attended the prestigious Gstaad Music Festival in Switzerland led by Jaap van Zweden, music director of the New York Philharmonic.
Felipe holds degrees from Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey, Universidad Regiomontana, U of Houston, and UNC School of the Arts. Recently, he continued advanced studies in orchestral conducting with Dr. Mark Shapiro at the evening division of the Juilliard School of Music.