Justin was born in Johannesburg and grew up in the UK, where he was immersed in music from an early age. He joined Gloucester cathedral choir at the age of 7 and moved on to St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh, studying recorder, violin and piano.
On leaving school he gained his first performance diploma, the LLCM in recorder performance, before joining the Royal Marines Band Service where he was to spend the first 6 years of his career. Playing the saxophone in the Royal Marines band, Justin developed a special interest in big band jazz and improvisation. At the same time he led the string quartet and orchestra and became principal solo violinist, winning the Cassel Prize and other awards along the way, and appearing as soloist in concerts around the world. Highlights included solo performances for Her Majesty the Queen in 2006 and 2010, a fiddle solo at the 2008 Edinburgh Military Tattoo, specially commissioned solos at the Mountbatten Festival of Music in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and featured solos on DECCA and NAXOS albums. His solo track from Summon The Heroes reached No 1 in the Classical charts in 2011 and is still played regularly on Classic FM.
In 2011 Justin completed his LTCL in violin performance and later that year set off for Macau, China, to join the lavish Cirque du Soleil production ZaiA, playing violin, recorder and ethnic wind instruments.
Further Theatre work includes: Sister Act and The Witches (both for Curve & UK Tours), The Kreutzer Sonata (Chipping Norton Theatre); Depraved Appetite of Tarrare the Freak (Bristol); Calamity Jane (UK Tour) and Midnight at the Boar’s Head (Fine Chisel Theatre).
Other work includes: 2012 Diamond Jubilee Pageant (Windsor Castle); UK Tour with Bollywood stars Salim/Suleiman and Musician for Swan Hellenic Cruises, Worthing Symphony Orchestra and Burnt Out Theatre.
He collaborated on a score for the French television documentary The Dwarf in China and was featured on a recording with an African marimba band in Johannesburg.