Sydney-born Justin Julian found his passion for the viola at 13 years old. Just two years after switching from the violin, he played principal viola in the Alexander Orchestra at the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp, and by the age of 17 he was working as a freelance orchestral musician. He now performs as a violist with the Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra symphony orchestras, and the Opera Australia Orchestra in Sydney. In 2017 he was also an Emerging Artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Justin currently studies viola with Roger Benedict on a full scholarship at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. An enthusiastic chamber musician, he is also a member of the Pietra Quartet, which performed at the Estivo Chamber Music Festival in Verona, Italy, and won the Westheimer String Quartet Fellowship in 2017. Justin plays a viola made by Arthur Edward Smith (Sydney, 1951).