Justin Bartlett, Young Artist-in-Residence

Pianist Justin Bartlett has performed in the United States, South America, and France. He completed his BM at Oberlin Conservatory under the guidance of Robert Shannon where he was granted the Deans Talent Scholarship. Currently he is a Doctoral Candidate at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he also completed his MM. For his exceptional ability he was granted the Jacobs School Fellowship—the highest academic honor and financial award awarded at this institution. He has learned greatly through supplemental study with been with JY Song, Bruce Brubaker, Emile Naoumoff, Jean Francois Antonioli, Jean Marc-Luisada and Arie Vardi. His primary teacher and mentor since 2010 has been Arnaldo Cohen.

An enthusiastic teacher and advocate for the performing arts, he has for five years been an Associate Instructor of piano at the Jacobs School. As a student in Oberlin Conservatory Justin was sent to Ecuador as guest artist and faculty at the Franz Liszt Conservatory of Quito, and more recently he has organized local recitals in Indiana with the proceeds being donated to public school music programs. This summer he will appear at the Anchorage Chamber Music Festival as faculty and guest artist.

Among his other musical passions have been conducting, with two years of study under Bridget Reischl, and more recently, extensive harpsichord study with Elisabeth Wright, herself a student of Gustave Leonhardt. Beyond music, he nurtured a love of modern ballet as a member of the Oberlin Dance Company. 


JUNE 18, 2015

8:00 PM

Recital: Festival Sampler

Short selections by the guest artists, Festival staff and volunteers


June 20, 2015

11:30 AM

Recital / Lecture: Karol Szymanowski

The lecture and recital will center around selections from the mature piano works of Karol Szymanowski. They are:

Masques, Op. 34


Tantris der Narr

Mazurkas, Op. 50

No. 1, Sostenuto Molto Rubato

No. 3, Moderato

Metopes, Op. 29



Szymanowski's music is dense and complex, and I hope that the lecture will cut through the thicket of notes to help first time listeners get full enjoyment and satisfaction from the performance. I will discuss basic elements of Szynanowski's language, pianistically, harmonically, and interpretively. To get a clearer picture of the man behind the music, I will also discuss Szymanowski's life and the most important influences shaping his work. The recital will be between 50/60 minutes, with 45 minutes of playing and 10/15 of talking.