Currently based out of Montreal QC, Justin Hickmott is a Freelance Tubist in demand across Canada. He has performed with Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre symphonique de Laval, and many other ensembles across Eastern and Central Canada. Originally from Brandon Manitoba, he holds a performance diploma from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, where he was the recipient of the Henry White Kinnear Foundation Scholarship. He has performed throughout Canada as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, receiving the NYOC’s Award of Excellence in 2013 and the Nicholas Atkinson Award for Brass in 2014. He has studied at McGill University, and the University of Manitoba, his principal teachers include Christopher Lee, Dennis Miller, and Sasha Johnson; he credits much additional mentorship from Gordon Wolfe, Gabriel Radford, Alain Cazes, Nicholas Atkinson and many other internationally renowned pedagogues. His solo career began in 2009, when he was the winner of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras Student Soloist Competition, and was featured as a soloist with the WSO in 2009 and 2010 performing Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Concerto for Bass Tuba and Orchestra. In 2017, he performed Victor Davies’ Concerto for Tubameister and Orchestra with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra as a featured emerging artist.
When not enjoying music, Justin spends his time caring for animals, playing chess, reading novels, and drinking specialty coffee.