Justin Kolb, Concert Pianist
Event: Music of the African Diaspora
Justin describes himself as a pianist. However, from Budapest to Santa Barbara his solo recitals, conservatory “power talks” and motivational “kids clinics” all have shaped a successful 20 & 21st century career.
As a pianist he has premiered compositions by: Robert Starer, (Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie-NYC) John Downey,(Lobero Theatre-Santa Barbara, CA) Peter Schickele, (Performing Arts Center- Rhinebeck, NY) Paul Alan Levi, (Merkin Concert Hall-NYC) William Ferris, (Lobero Theatre-Santa Barbara, CA), Giles Malkine, SUNY- New Paltz and Robert Cucinotta, Mohawk Mountain House- New Paltz NY).
Collaborations include solo performances with: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Indiana Symphony, Hamburg Philharmonic, Amernet String Quartet, North Shore Concert Band, William Ferris Chorale, Michael Teolis Singers, Woodstock’s Ars Choralis, and Columbia Pro Arte Chorus. Also actors: Carey Harrison, Mikhail Horowitz, Davis Aston Reece, and Jay Braman, Jr. as well as composers Peter Schickele and Joan Tower.
During a 20 year self - imposed sabbatical Kolb served the corporate world and eventually was appointed as CEO and President of a cellular communications company that he co-founded. The company’s stock traded on the NASDAQ exchange. Clavier magazine featured Kolb on its cover with an inside feature about his motivational "kids clinics". The NY Times [Alex Ross] and Chicago Tribune [John von Rhein] laud his American music performances and Albany Records retains Kolb on its artist’s roster. A Co-Founder, Justin serves as Chairman Emeritus of the "Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice". [“…a destination festival”- Opera News 2016] He also serves as Executive Secretary to the American Liszt Society. In 1969 the Army veteran received the military’s Legion of Merit award and he is a recipient of DePaul University’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Justin is self – agented.