Justin Pressman joined the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra as development assistant in September 2013, after completing an internship at Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival. Previously, Justin served as a Fulbright Research Fellow in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, where he was affiliated with the famed Mariinsky Theater and studied conducting at the N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory, specializing in the Russian operatic, ballet and symphonic repertoire. As a cultural ambassador on behalf of the United States, he analyzed the administrative and concert-going culture of Saint-Petersburg’s musical institutions, such as the Mariinsky Theater, Mikhailovsky Theater and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic in order to better understand how international arts organizations function and engage audiences throughout their diverse communities.
While an undergraduate student at the University of Miami Frost School of Music (Coral Gables, FL), Justin interned at the Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency, New World Symphony and hosted the leading operatic radio show in South Florida, Classical Brunch, on 90.5 WVUM.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Justin now considers Los Angeles home. Justin began playing the trumpet at age ten and since has appeared with the New World Symphony, on the Univision and Telemundo Spanish Language Networks, and under the direction of conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, James Gaffigan, Giancarlo Guerrero, Jahja Ling, Kurt Masur, Jayce Ogren, and Michael Tilson Thomas.
In addition to his post at LACO, Justin works as an usher at the Los Angeles Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall and volunteers with the American Contemporary Ballet, Da Camera Society, Hear Now Music Festival and Piano Spheres.