Justin Bruns is the Assistant Concertmaster/ Acting Associate Concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and joined the organization in 2006. He assumed the role of Director of Chamber Music at Kennesaw State University (KSU) in 2015. During the summer he serves as Concertmaster of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and as a faculty member of Music in the Mountains Conservatory in Durango, CO. This summer he will additionally make his chamber music debut at Spoleto Music Festival in Charleston, perform as concertmaster at the Lakes Area Music Festival, and make his conducting debut at the 42nd American Harp Society National Conference.
Mr. Bruns began his violin studies at age three and won his first competition two years later. He made his solo debut with an orchestra at age nine. Since then he has appeared with numerous orchestras throughout the US and abroad. Bruns graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan and was awarded the top prize upon graduation, the Stanley Medal. He received his master’s degree from Rice University.
Actively involved in teaching and bringing music to young audiences, he maintains a private teaching studio and regularly gives master classes, orchestral excerpt courses, and chamber music coachings, as well as having consulted at Medomak Conducting Institute and HarpArts. Through programs of the ASO, he has taught and mentored students in the Talent Development Program, coaches sections of the Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra, and strives to build relationships with schools and other civic organizations through Community Engagement and Outreach. He served as a teaching assistant at Rice University and participated in the founding and organization of its outreach program. He regularly appeared with Chamber Music Ann Arbor’s outreach program and throughout Colorado with Up Close and Musical.
As a chamber musician Mr. Bruns has performed throughout the United States and England. He has appeared on the Faculty Tuesdays Series at the University of Colorado, with the String in the Mountains Music Festival, Savannah Music Festival, North Georgia Music Festival, and Michigan Chamber Players. He has also performed cycles of the Brahms, Beethoven, and late Mozart sonatas. He programs and co-curates ASO Chamber Music Concerts as well as those at Cabrillo Music Festival. While he was first violinist of Atlanta Chamber Players, he appeared at the San Miguel de Allende Chamber Music Festival and made his chamber music debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.
Before moving to Atlanta Mr. Bruns was assistant concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and served as concertmaster of the Boulder Bach Festival. He has also played with the Houston and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, and toured Germany with the American Sinfonietta. He has appeared at the Aspen Music Festival, Beijing Music Festival, BRAVO Vail Valley Music Festival, and Bellingham Music Festival. He has been a guest concertmaster with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, IRIS Chamber Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and São Paulo Symphony (OSESP).