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Justus Frantz

  • Conductor
  • Pianist


A young talent is discovered Justus Frantz began his extraordinary musical career in 1967, when he won the international music competition of a famous German television station.
He began playing the piano already at the age of four. Early on, Professor Eliza Hansen recognized and fostered his talent. The studies of conducting in the master class held by Wilhelm Kempff contributed to his state of the art musical education.
As a 23-year-old, Justus Frantz was one of the youngest artists ever to be granted a scholarship by the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German National Scholarship Foundation). Herbert von Karajan and Leonard Bernstein prepared the way for his further musical career
In 1970, Justus Frantz rose into the group of first-class pianists with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Herbert von Karajan. He celebrated his US debut five years later with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Leonard Bernstein, whose musical ideals he continues to adhere to. Bernstein’s dream of an international, young and professional orchestra inspired Justus Frantz to found the Philharmonia of the Nations in 1995.