Violinist Justin Bruns began violin studies at age three and won his first competition two years later. He made his solo debut with an orchestra at age nine and has since then appeared with orchestras in the US, England, China, and Italy.
Bruns is currently Acting Associate/Assistant Concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Director of Chamber Music at Kennesaw State University. He has served as Concertmaster of the Cabrillo Festival since 2011, and is also a faculty member of the Music in the Mountains Conservatory in Durango, Colorado each summer. Bruns has been a guest concertmaster with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, IRIS Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Louisville Orchestra, and Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra. Before moving to Atlanta, Bruns was Assistant Concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Concertmaster of the Boulder Bach Festival.
A devoted and very active chamber musician, Bruns has appeared with numerous ensembles including the Atlanta, Georgian, and Michigan Chamber Players and at the Beijing, Aspen, Savannah and Spoleto Music Festivals, Strings in the Mountains Festival, San Miguel Chamber Music Festival, and Carnegie Hall. He has an affinity for the Brahms, Beethoven, and Mozart sonata cycles.
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.
Bruns appears as featured soloist in the Festival’s West Coast premiere performance of Jennifer Higdon’s Violin Concerto on Friday, August 12, during Courage & Connection. As Festival Concertmaster, Bruns is featured each season in the Music in the Mountains benefit chamber music event, this year on Wednesday, August 10.