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Justin Smith: Bio

Justin Smith is an active studio and live guitarist in Los Angeles.  He performs in the orchestras of many Broadway shows, both on the road, and here in Los Angeles at venues such as The Pantages Theater, The Ahmanson Theater, and Segerstrom Center.  Credits include Wicked, The Book of Mormon, Chicago, The Addams Family, Kinky Boots,  Legally Blonde, Mama Mia,  and many more.   As a touring musician he has been a regular with Book of Mormon and both of the Wicked national tours; he toured for a year with Mary Poppins.

Smith’s work in the studio includes a mix of projects for composers, artists, and producers.  He has worked in Film and Television for clients like ABC, NBC, E! Style Network, PBS, National Geographic and Disney, as well as recording for jingles and library music.  Justin has written music for NASCAR on Fox Sports, E!’s Giuliana and Bill, and has appeared on Mad Men.

Equally at home in the symphony orchestra, Smith has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony, and has appeared at the Aspen Music Festival.  He has played under the batons of Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel, David Newman, Bramwell Tovey, Thomas Wilkins, and many others.  He can be heard playing banjo on the L.A. Phil’s Deutche Grammophon release of Orango, the lost Shostakovich opera, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.