Justin Bird is an acclaimed pianist, teacher, collaborator, piano tuner, and arranger. He has won the New Zealand Kapiti Coast National Piano Competition, and was awarded the NZ Young Performer of the Year for piano. He has also represented NZ at the Kowhai Australasian Piano Concerto Competition, and been a finalist in the NZ Young Musician of the year Competition and the MTNA National Young Artist Competition in the USA. Justin has had the privilege to appear with many college and youth orchestras, as well as the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
As a young pianist Justin studied with Rae de Lisle, then Bryan Sayer at the University of Auckland. Continuing his studies in the USA with Read Gainsford at Ithaca College and Florida State University, and Marian Hahn at the Peabody Institute, Justinthen moved to Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music to complete a Doctorate in Music studying with André Watts. Justinhas been sharing his love for music since the nineties, always maintaining a private studio wherever he lives, as well as teaching class piano in many different colleges and schools. After his Associate Instructorship at IU, he taught at Vincennes University, and then accepted a position as Artist Faculty at Omaha Conservatory of Music in Nebraska.
Justin thrives as an accompanist and chamber musician, and has twice been part of the winning group in the NZ National Chamber Music Contest. His recent studies incorporate his interest in early keyboard instruments, and conducting, and in 2016 he published his own piano arrangement of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. For recordings and more, visit www.justinbirdmusic.com.