Justin is a widely acclaimed pianist, teacher, and collaborator whose fresh interpretations include an affinity for underrated repertoire. Justin has represented New Zealand as a finalist in the Kowhai Australasian Piano Concerto Competition, and in 2000 he was awarded the NZ Young Performer of the Year for piano. In 2002 appeared as a finalist in the prestigious NZ Young Musician of the year Competition, and in the same year he won the inaugural NZ Kapiti Coast International Piano Competition. Then in 2006 he was awarded first place in the Chapman Piano Competition at FSU, and reached the finals of the MTNA National Young Artist Competition.
In addition to performing solo with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland, Wellington and National Youth Orchestras, his career has featured several concerto appearances with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. More recently he performed solo with Florida State University Philharmonia and Indiana University Orchestra.
He has studied with Rae de Lisle, Bryan Sayer, Read Gainsford, and Marian Hahn, and is currently a Doctorate in Music candidate studying with André Watts at the Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music. He has also been privileged to play for Leon Fleisher, John Perry, and Michael Houston.
Justin also thrives as an accompanist and chamber musician, and has twice been part of the winning group in the NZ National Chamber Music Contest. He has worked with contemporary music ensembles performing on celeste, harmonium, and harpsichord. His present studies incorporate his interest in early keyboard instruments, piano tuning, and conducting.
The Licentiate in Music, Australia (LMusA) is a diploma awarded by examination to outstanding candidates in the fields of musical performance and music theory by the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB).