Justin DeHart

Justin DeHart's Biography

Justin DeHart is a GRAMMY-nominated performer and dedicated teacher of a wide range of musical styles, from classical to pop and world to electronic.  DeHart's musical resume includes performances with the San Diego Symphony, pipa master Wu Man, and various pop legends including Cheap Trick.  DeHart is a current member of the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet and DC8 Contemporary Music Ensemble, who both champion the high quality presentation of new music.

His debut solo percussion album, Strange Paths on Innova Recordings, featured works by Brian Ferneyhough, Iannis Xenakis, Michael Gordon, and Stuart Saunders Smith.  Percussive Notes lauded the album as "mesmerizing" for DeHart's "palette of sounds and intricate weaving of lines."  DeHart was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for percussion studies in India and his talents have been featured at concerts around the globe. 

As a California native, he holds a B.M. from CSU Sacramento, a M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts, and a D.M.A. from UC San Diego.  He currently lives in Anaheim, CA and teaches music at Chapman University Conservatory of Music and UC Riverside.  DeHart is a Yamaha Performing Artist and an endorser of Innovative Percussion, REMO drumheads, Black Swamp Percussion, and Sabian.

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