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 Dean’s 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. His principal teacher since 2010 has been Arnaldo Cohen. He has also been given the opportunity to study with JY Song, Bruce Brubaker, Emile Naoumoff, Jean Francois Antonioli, Jean Marc-Luisada, Arie Vardi and Menahem Pressler.
Among his other musical passions have been conducting, with two years of study under Bridgette 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. Justin has also taught extensively. For five years he was an Associate Instructor of piano at the Jacobs School, and he was sent by Oberlin Conservatory to Ecuador to teach as guest artist and faculty at the Franz Liszt Conservatory of Quito. This summer Justin is Young Artist in Residence at the Portland Piano International Summer Festival, playing and presenting a lecture on an all Szymanowski program.