Justin Bartlett, Rising Star

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. 

 

Program

 

Johann Sebastian Bach:         

French Suite in G Major, BMV 816

Toru Takemitsu:        

Rain Tree Sketch II

Michael Johanson:  

Eternal Gardens

Szymanowski:

Tantris le Bouffon from Masques (Tantris the Fool)

Dmitri Shostakovich:

Prelude and Fugue No. 24 in D minor, Op. 87