MusiciansHenry Justo

Henry is an emerging young violist hailing from sunny Brisbane, commencing training at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) with Caroline Henbest in 2019.  

He has recently completed study with Roger Benedict at the Sydney Conservatorium, receiving the Elise Herrman and Henderson Travelling scholarships. Previously, Henry was a student of Michele Walsh at the Queensland Conservatorium where he performed as soloist with the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and Johannes Fritzsch, and was subsequently awarded prizes for Most Outstanding String Instrumentalist and Highest Results. 

Henry has performed as a casual musician with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) and in 2018 was an ACO emerging artist, seeing him perform nationwide with the ACO Collective. Particular highlights of this time include regional touring, quartet performances with Pekka Kuusisto and Matthew Truscott, and recording an album of new Australian music for the Hush Foundation, Collective Wisdom. Coming from a family of doctors, this project was particularly meaningful to Henry, with the album created to reduce the stress and anxiety felt by young patients and their families in hospitals. 

Excited by contemporary music practice, Henry has performed with Ensemble Offspring and has been appointed as their Hatched Associate Artist for 2019. In Brisbane, Henry performed at the event series Paint it Red and Dots and Loops, seeking engagement with audiences in different settings. 

Henry has performed at the Coramba Chamber Music Festival, Brisbane Festival, Opus Now, and with the AYO Momentum Ensemble. He has been awarded scholarships at the Sommerakademie Mozarteum and Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, and played in masterclasses for renowned violists such as Veronika Hagen, Christoph Schiller and Tobias Lea, as well as the Danel, Elias, and Borodin String Quartets. 

A huge influence on his musical life, Henry has fond memories of Australian Youth Orchestra programs from 2012 which have seen him grow up playing viola around Australia and the world with his peers. 

Henry Justo is the recipient of the Georgina Grosvenor Scholarship

Photo by Pia Johnson

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