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Helen Armstrong’s Bio

Virtuoso violinist Helen Armstrong  triumphed as an international recitalist, soloist and chamber musician. After her New York debut at Lincoln Center in 1976, one New York critic called her "a total virtuoso, a true aristocrat of the violin." Following this success, the brilliant American violinist was engaged as soloist by the Boston Pops and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, among others, and by the Martha Graham Dance Company. She was a featured soloist with Skitch Henderson and toured North America, Europe and Asia as a recitalist. Meyer Kupferman (prolific American composer) , Richard Wernick

(Pulitzer Prize for music), and Bruce Adolphe, (Chamber Music society of Lincoln Center) composed works specifically for Ms. Armstrong in recognition of her artistry and commitment to contemporary music.

Ms. Armstrong earned her degrees from The Juilliard School where she studied with the renowned teachers, Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay. Among her many awards were prizes from the Society of American Musicians, the National Federation of Music Clubs, Musicians Club of New York, Mu Phi Epsilon. "Outstanding Artist of Illinois" and the Tibor Varga International violin competition in Switzerland. Ms. Armstrong recorded on the Musical Heritage and CRS labels.

She was highly acclaimed as a chamber musician as well. As the founder and artistic director of Armstrong Chamber Concerts Inc., Ms. Armstrong organized and performed in series of concerts in Connecticut and conducted Music Enrichment Programs in schools. More than 125,000 children passed through these programs.

Ms. Armstrong was listed in Outstanding Young Women of America, Who's Who in the East, Who's who in American Women and Who's Who in Entertainment. Ms. Armstrong violin was a J.B. Guadagnini (ex Aranyi) dated 1760. Helen Armstrong passed away on April 28, 2006 while in the midst of performing at a private concert.