Grammy-nominated performer of contemporary musical styles

From classical to pop, and from world to electronic

Bio

From Sacramento, California, Justin DeHart is a GRAMMY-nominated performer of contemporary musical styles from classical to pop, and from world to electronic.  He is a current member of Los Angeles Percussion Quartet (LAPQ) and his musical resume includes performances with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, LA Phil New Music Group, I.C.E., red fish blue fish, and pop legends Stewart Copeland and Cheap Trick.  Justin was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for percussion studies in India and his talents have been featured at concerts around the globe.  

Justin appears on over 100 solo, chamber and contemporary releases on MCA, Sony, Mode, Innova, Sono Luminus, Albany, New World, HatHut, Rattle, Populist, Bridge, Sub Pop, and Skunk Records.  His debut solo album entitled Strange Paths on Innova Recordings (works by Brian Ferneyhough, Iannis Xenakis, Michael Gordon and Stuart Saunders Smith) was lauded as “mesmerizing” by Percussive Notes for his “palette of sounds and intricate weaving of lines.”  The Complete Early Percussion Works of Karlheinz Stockhausen on MODE Records won the Deutscheschallplattenkritikpreis for the best new music release of 2015.  In 2020, Justin recorded the complete suite of drumset solos from Stuart Saunders Smith and was featured as a soloist on the entire first—of six—retrospective discs of Stuart’s music released on Chen Li Records.  Justin was named a finalist for a Te Kaipuoro Inamata Toa | Best Classical Artist Aotearoa Music Award for his solo album, Landfall: New Zealand Percussion Volume 1, released on Rattle records in 2021.

Justin holds a B.M. degree from CSU Sacramento, a M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts, and a D.M.A. from UC San Diego.  An Associate Professor of Music at the University of Canterbury, in Christchurch, New Zealand, Justin is a YAMAHA Performing Artist and an endorser of Black Swamp Percussion, REMO, Sabian, and Innovative Percussion Inc.