Justin Nielsen is a performer, composer, recording artist, and teacher residing in Boise, Idaho, with his wife of 15 years, Becca, and their six budding musicians (Jordan, Cali, Miles, Carter, Isaac and Zak). Though he has lived his life in the Mountain West, he has had a dynamic career playing and teaching all over the world with some of the greatest musicians on the planet. He is featured on scores of recordings and is currently featured on 6 albums with release dates set for 2015.
Although Justin loves performing, his greatest passion comes from teaching and inspiring young people to play and love music. He was a founder of ArtsWest/Fresco Arts Academy, a private academic school for young performing artists in Eagle, ID, where he worked and taught for 7 years. His students have won literally hundreds of national honors, including recognition from Downbeat magazine, the national Grammy organization, and the Monterey Next Generation Competition. Justin’s students have also garnered over $5 million in scholarship offers to the finest music schools in the country including Manhattan School of Music, Berklee College of Music, USC, New England Conservatory, The New School, CalArts and many others. Many of his former students are now working professional musicians.