A native of Denver, Colorado, Justin attended the Denver School of the Arts High School for Music and the Manhattan School of Music. While an undergraduate, he overcame three leukemia diagnoses and later completed his Bachelor’s in Music Performance at the University of North Florida. His awards include winning the Aspen School of Music Solo Percussion Competition, Semi-Finalist for Young Concert Artist Guild in NYC, Winner of the Denver Philharmonic’s Concerto Competition, and winner of the Manhattan School of Music’s Concerto Competition; most recently he was awarded Gold Medal and Grand Prize at Young Texas Artist Music Competition 2018. He was also was the Winner of Shepherd School of Music Concerto Competition, second-place winner of Blackswamp Percussion Solo Percussion Competition, winner of the Denver Concert Bands Concerto Competition, Finalist in the PRISMA concerto competition, finalist in Denver Young Artists Orchestra Concerto Competition. His scholarships include assistance from the Manhattan School of Music, Cancer for Scholarship program, Student-Government Scholarship to the University of North Florida, and a Full Scholarship to Rice University Masters in Music Program at Shepherd School of Music.
Justin has and continues to perform with the Abilene Philharmonic, Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra (CO), Colorado Ballet Orchestra and various symphony orchestras. With pianist Yukino Miyake, he commissions and performs new music for piano and percussion in a the duo titled “JUKINO.” Aside from freelance work Justin performs as soloist with various orchestras. He Currently holds a Bachelors degree from The University of Northern Florida and a Masters degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music both in Percussion Performance. During the summer of 2018 Justin attained the Charlie Owen Fellowship at The Aspen School of Music and Festival. Justin now resides in Denver, Colorado teaching as principle percussion teacher at Forte Academy of Music and to Freelance.