Justin Bruns, Violin

Justin Bruns joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 2006 where he serves as Associate Concertmaster and frequently appears as soloist with them. He is also concertmaster of the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra during the summer. Before moving to Atlanta, Bruns was Assistant Concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Concertmaster of the Boulder Bach Festival. Bruns has been a guest concertmaster for Arizona MusicFest, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, IRIS Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Kansas City Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, and São Paulo Symphony.

A devoted and active chamber musician, Bruns has appeared with numerous ensembles, among them Atlanta, Georgian, Michigan, Palladium (St. Petersburg) and Riverside Chamber Players, and at the Savannah and San Miguel Chamber Music Festivals, and Carnegie Hall. He has an affinity for performing the sonata cycles of Beethoven, Brahms, and late-Viennese Mozart and for bringing new and obscure pieces for solo violin to new audiences.

During summers he has appeared at the music festivals of Aspen, Beijing, BRAVO (Vail), Chamber Music of the Black Hills, Mainly Mozart in San Diego, Music in the Mountains (Durango), NTSO (Taiwan), and Steamboat Springs Strings and as faculty of National Youth Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. This summer he solos with the Fortismere Symphony in London and Bellingham Music Festival, concertmasters at Bellingham, Cabrillo, Lakes Area Music Festival and the International Viola Congress, and performs chamber music with Lake Tahoe Chamber Music Society and Jackson Hole Chamber Music Festival.

Bruns began violin studies at age three and won his first competition two years later. He made his solo debut at age nine and since then has performed throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. 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. Bruns has recorded with Pearl Jam, Faith Hill, and Bruce Springsteen. He has premiered solo and chamber works by Michael Gandolfi, Jennifer Higdon, Michael Kurth, Seyed Safavynia, and DJ Sparr.


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