Justin Cummings is a Los Angeles-based bassoonist with extensive experience performing across the U.S. and abroad. He has performed under distinguished conductors including Alan Gilbert, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Edo de Waart, and in venues such as the Berlin Philharmonie, the Concertgebouw, and Walt Disney Concert Hall. Justin was recently selected for a fellowship with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida, and will begin his first season with the orchestra in the fall of 2018. In addition, he has has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic, Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, and YMF Debut Chamber Orchestra. In recent summers he has performed at the Music Academy of the West, Orchestra of the Americas, and the Aspen Music Festival and School.
In addition to orchestral engagements, Justin has substantial background in chamber and contemporary classical music. He has performed chamber music with artists including Emmanuel Ax, Whitney Crockett, Burt Hara, and Andrew Marriner. In addition, he has worked with and premiered new works of leading composers such as John Adams, Matthew Aucoin, Mason Bates, and Matthias Pintscher. In 2015, he performed as soloist in Stephen Paulson's bassoon concerto as part of San Francisco's BluePrint new music series.
Justin completed his undergraduate studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under Stephen Paulson, and received a Master of Music degree from the Colburn Conservatory of Music, studying with Richard Beene.