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Justin Bird

Justin Bird


Piano Lessons | Keyboard Lessons | Artist development, Aural Lessons, Ensemble Coaching, Theory Lessons, Skype Lessons

  • Qualifications: B.Mus. (Hons), M.Mus., D.Mus.
  • Pricing: $90/hr
  • Styles: All
  • Suitability: All Levels, Age 5+


Justin Bird is a widely acclaimed pianist, teacher, arranger, tuner, and collaborator whose fresh interpretations include an affinity for underrated repertoire. He has won the New Zealand Kapiti Coast National Piano Competition, and was awarded the NZ Young Performer of the Year for piano. Other awards have been finalist in the NZ Young Musician of the year Competition, MTNA National Young Artist Competition in the USA, and representing New Zealand in the finals of the Kowhai Australasian Piano Concerto Competition.

Justin has been sharing his love for music since the nineties, always maintaining a private studio wherever he lives, as well as teaching class piano in many different colleges and schools. After his Associate Instructorship at IU, he taught at Vincennes University as Adjunct Faculty.

In addition to several concerto appearances with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Justin has performed with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland, Wellington and National Youth Orchestras. Two of these were to an audience of over 250,000 people in the Auckland domain. More recently he won concerto competitions awarding performances with both Florida State University Philharmonia and the Indiana University Orchestra. Taking advantage of the talented musicians at IU he joined forces with conductor Nicholas Hersh to give a memorable performance of the Delius Piano Concerto which was filmed and published online.

Justin thrives as an accompanist and chamber musician, and has twice been part of the winning group in the NZ National Chamber Music Contest. His recent studies incorporate his interest in early keyboard instruments, and conducting, and in 2016 he published his own piano arrangement of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. For upcoming performances, to listen to his six albums, and more, visit

Teaching Info

Justin has a deep passion for sharing his love of music with others, and has taught students of all ages with great success. He knows the importance of inspiring and encouraging music in other people’s lives, and to share the enjoyment it can bring. He currently teaches weekdays at his new spacious studio in Mangere Bridge. Schedule and openings can be found here.

Tuition with Justin includes:

Fantastic piano lessons! Justin's love for music provides a warm and open environment to learn

Dayna Chandler

Thank you for helping me experience piano and the music I can make. I enjoyed your humor and it’s been fun learning from you

Daniel Wells

I had classes with Justin and enjoyed it a lot. He was very flexible that I could choose my own pieces to play. He offered great guidance and advice to improve my playing. I would highly recommend him!

Jie Ma

Justin is a wonderful teacher and person. He meets you at your level and helps you become a better musician, starting where you need to be. He is very flexible with his times, and works with the music you want to learn.

Addy Kao

We have been very blessed to have Justin teach several of our children piano lessons for a couple of years. He is wonderful! He is a fantastic pianist and can teach all levels. He has high expectations, and can push the kids without discouraging them or scaring them off. I cannot recommend him too highly.

Connie O'Brien

Was very helpful and supportive. Most importantly, he knew how to help me improve from where I was and what I needed to focus on. He had exercises I could do to prepare for my next lesson.

Christian Clark

My son, daughter, and I take lessons from Justin and Annabel and would highly recommend them for lessons for both children and adults. They are clear with instruction, patient and give valuable feedback to keep your skills improving.

Eric Scheper
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