Since moving to New York City in 2002, Justin Smith has performed with such leading ensembles as the American Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Virtuosi, the Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic and the Orchestra of St. Ignatius-Loyola. He has performed in many Broadway shows, including Monty Python's Spamalot, The Light in the Piazza, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Fiddler on the Roof. Mr. Smith and his wife, soprano Amanda Page Smith have been in demand as recital partners and have performed recently at Brick Presbyterian Church and Christ Church in NYC, and Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ. In Connecticut he has performed with the Greenwich, Norwalk, Ridgefield and Bridgeport symphony orchestras.
A talented improviser and jazz violinist as well, Justin Smith can be regularly heard with the popular NYC band, The Defibulators. He also performs regularly with bossa-nova artist Ranjit and with Broadway star Tituss Burgess. He has been a featured improviser with many professional choirs including the New York Metro Mass Choir at Lincoln Center, the choir of Christ Church and the Marble Church Community Gospel Choir. Recent recordings include tracks for Timesbold, Camphor and on critically-acclaimed movie soundtracks. In addition, he has been the featured soloist on several recent tracks for NFL Films.
Justin graduated from St. Olaf College in Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Sociology. His thesis, written in partnership with the Minnesota Orchestra, described that institution's unique approach to musical outreach and educational reform. Upon graduation in 2000 he moved to Danbury, CT, where he studied violin and chamber music with Eric Lewis of the Manhattan String Quartet. While serving as assistant to Mr. Lewis, he formed the Eriksson String Quartet, which performed recitals across New England and in Europe.