A native of Denver, Colorado, Justin attended the Denver School of the Arts High School for Music earning an arts-endorsed diploma 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. He then went on to achieve a Masters in Music from Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music.
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, Winner of Emerging Young Artist Award for Chamber Orchestra of the Springs 2020, and finalist at Lamont School of Music’s Concerto competition 2020. In 2018 Justin attained the prestigious Charlie Owen Fellowship at The Aspen School of Music and Festival. 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 and has published music through Bachovich Music Publications and Tapspace Publications.
Justin has and continues to perform with the Abilene Philharmonic, the Orlando Philharmonic, Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Greeley Philharmonic, Boise Philharmonic, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and various other symphony orchestras. With pianist Yukino Miyake, he commissions and performs new music for piano and percussion in a duo titled “JUKINO.”