Biography

Justin Bird is a widely acclaimed pianist, teacher, and collaborator whose fresh interpretations include an affinity for underrated repertoire. As a young pianist he studied with Rae de Lisle, then in later years with Bryan Sayer at the University of Auckland. He then continued study in the USA with Read Gainsford at Ithaca College and Florida State University, and Marian Hahn at the Peabody Institute. Bird is currently a Doctorate in Music candidate studying with André Watts at the Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music. He has also been privileged to play for Leon Fleisher, John Perry, Roy Howat, and Michael Houston among others.

In 1999 he represented New Zealand as a finalist in the Kowhai Australasian Piano Concerto Competition, and in 2000 he was awarded the NZ Young Performer of the Year for piano. In 2002 appeared as a finalist in the prestigious NZ Young Musician of the year Competition, and in the same year he won the inaugural NZ Kapiti Coast International Piano Competition. This awarded him his USA debut recital at the Temple Square Series in Salt Lake City which received rave reviews. Then in 2006 he was awarded first place in the Chapman Piano Competition at FSU, and later reached the finals of the MTNA National Young Artist Competition.

In addition to performing solo with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland, Wellington and National Youth Orchestras, Bird’s career has featured several concerto appearances with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Two of these were to an audience of over 250,000 people for outdoor concerts in the Auckland domain. More recently he won performances with both Florida State University Philharmonia and Indiana University Orchestra. Taking advantage of the talented musicians at IU he joined forces with conductor Nicholas Hersh and gave a memorable performance of Delius’ Piano Concerto which was filmed and published on his website.

Bird also thrives as an accompanist and chamber musician, and has twice been part of the winning group in the NZ National Chamber Music Contest. He has worked with many contemporary music ensembles performing on celeste, harmonium and harpsichord. His present studies incorporate his interest in early keyboard instruments, piano tuning, and conducting. He also plays the violin and viola and loves to play in orchestras, string quartets, and Christian worship settings.

 

 

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Justin Bird is a widely acclaimed pianist, teacher, and collaborator whose fresh interpretations include an affinity for underrated repertoire. He has studied with Rae de Lisle, Bryan Sayer, Read Gainsford, and Marian Hahn, and is currently a Doctorate in Music candidate studying with André Watts at the Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music. He has also been privileged to play for Leon Fleisher, John Perry, and Michael Houston.

Bird has represented New Zealand as a finalist in the Kowhai Australasian Piano Concerto Competition, and in 2000 he was awarded the NZ Young Performer of the Year for piano. In 2002 appeared as a finalist in the prestigious NZ Young Musician of the year Competition, and in the same year he won the inaugural NZ Kapiti Coast International Piano Competition. Then in 2006 he was awarded first place in the Chapman Piano Competition at FSU, and reached the finals of the MTNA National Young Artist Competition.

In addition to performing solo with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland, Wellington and National Youth Orchestras, his career has featured several concerto appearances with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. More recently he performed solo with Florida State University Philharmonia and Indiana University Orchestra.

Bird also thrives as an accompanist and chamber musician, and has twice been part of the winning group in the NZ National Chamber Music Contest. He has worked with contemporary music ensembles performing on celeste, harmonium, and harpsichord. His present studies incorporate his interest in early keyboard instruments, piano tuning, and conducting.

 

 

 

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