Justin Cummings is the newly appointed Principal Bassoonist of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. He was previously a bassoon fellow with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL, and has also performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic and Phoenix Symphony. His festival engagements have included the Sunflower Music Festival, Carmel Bach Festival, Orchestra of the Americas, Music Academy of the West and Aspen Music Festival.
Mr. Cummings has played under prominent conductors including Stéphane Denève, Alan Gilbert, Robert Spano and Michael Tilson Thomas, and in many of the world's great halls such as the Berlin Philharmonie, Concertgebouw, Elbphilharmonie and Walt Disney Concert Hall. He has performed chamber music alongside such distinguished artists as Emanuel Ax, Whitney Crockett and Andrew Marriner.
Mr. Cummings holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory and the Colburn School, respectively, with studies under Stephen Paulson and Richard Beene. He was born and raised in Fresno, California and began his bassoon studies with Larry Gardner.