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Justin Smith: Bio

Justin Smith is a versatile commercial guitarist in Los Angeles. An experienced doubler, Justin has played everything from electric guitar, to banjo, to mandolin, to balalaika in the recording studio, theatre pits, and onstage with major symphony orchestras. 

 

Most recently, Justin played electric guitar as a guest of Michael Tilson Thomas on his new composition, Playthings of the Wind, appearing with both the San Francisco Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Other orchestral credits include playing on both the recording and live world-premiere of Shostakovich’s recently discovered opera, Orango, with Esa-Peka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic; and accompanying Kristen Chenoweth on solo acoustic guitar to a sold-out Hollywood Bowl audience.

 

Other live work includes performances backing a long list of artists including: Randy Newman, Jewel, Audra McDonald, Monica Mancini, Lea Solanga, and assisting the incomparable Kermit the Frog on banjo. Justin has also performed  in the orchestras for numerous broadway shows at the Pantages and Ahmanson Theaters and at the Segerstrom Center, as well as touring with national productions. Recent shows include: Hamilton, Wicked, Book of Mormon,
If/Then,
and Mamma Mia!

 

In the studio, Justin records for film, television, and various artists. He has also written or contributed music to numerous television shows. Recent highlights include Mozart in the Jungle (Amazon), NASCAR (ESPN), Toy Box (ABC), and an onscreen appearance on the hit show Mad Men.