Justin Bird is a widely acclaimed pianist, teacher, arranger, and collaborator whose fresh interpretations include an affinity for underrated repertoire. He has represented New Zealand as a finalist in the Kowhai Australasian Piano Concerto Competition, and was awarded the NZ Young Performer of the Year for piano. He won first prize in the inaugural NZ Kapiti Coast International Piano Competition and has appeared as a finalist in the prestigious NZ Young Musician of the year Competition, and MTNA National Young Artist Competition, USA. As a chamber musician he has twice been part of the winning group in the NZ National Chamber Music Contest
In addition to performing solo with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland, Wellington and National Youth Orchestras, Florida State University Philharmonia, and Indiana University Orchestra, Justin has performed several times with the Auckland Philharmonia 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 Indiana University.
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).