“Without an understanding of entrepreneurism, community engagement and self-promotion today’s performing artist will neither accomplish nor succeed. It’s a tough business…but it’s a business!”
—Justin Kolb, Chamber Music America, annual conference 2013
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Media Bio Justin Kolb
Justin Kolb is a pianist, lecturer, motivational speaker, and performing arts entrepreneur.
As a pianist he has premiered compositions by Robert Starer, John Downey, Peter Schickele, Paul Alan Levi, William Ferris, and Robert Cucinotta.
Collaborations include solo performances with Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Indiana Symphony, Hamburg Philharmonic, Amernet String Quartet, North Shore Concert Band, William Ferris Chorale, Michael Teolis Singers, and Woodstock’s Ars Choralis. Collaborators also include writers and actors such as Carey Harrison, Mikhail Horowitz, David Aston Reece, and Jay Braman Jr. as well as appearances with composers Peter Schickele and Joan Tower.
From Budapest to Santa Barbara his solo recitals, conservatory “power talks” and motivational “kids clinics” have shaped a successful 21st century career.
Clavier magazine featured Kolb on its cover with an inside feature about his motivational "kids clinics". The NY Times [Alex Ross] and Chicago Tribune [John von Rhein] laud his American music performances and Albany Records retains Kolb on its artist’s roster. A Co-Founder, Justin serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice ("a destination festival" - Opera News 2016]. He also serves as Executive Secretary of the American Liszt Society.
Justin's business experience comes from 20 years in the corporate world. He was CEO and President of a cellular communications company that he co-founded. The company’s stock traded on the NASDAQ exchange. After the company sold, Kolb pursued his true love, music, full time. It is the unique combination of business experience and an extensive music career that makes his Educational and Motivational Programs so impactful.
“A recital program with a difference.” — Alex Ross, New York Times
In 1969 Kolb, an Army veteran, received the military’s Legion of Merit award and he is a recipient of DePaul University’s Distinguished Alumni Award.