Justus Frantz is an internationally acclaimed German pianist and conductor. He began playing piano at the age of four. Professor Eliza Hansen early recognized his talent fostered it. Later the young musician studied conducting under Wilhelm Kempff.
At age of 23, Justus Frantz became the youngest musician ever to be granted a scholarship by the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German National Scholarship Foundation). In 1967 he won a prize at an international music competition held by a famous German TV channel, which marked the beginning of his international fame.
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.
As the chief conductor, Justus Frantz works throughout the world with the constantly updating cast of the orchestra, also discovering new names. He does a lot to cultivate young talents, and therefore his schedule includes frequent auditions, which gives young musicians a great chance to start an international career. Among the musicians who were first introduced to the audience by Justus Frantz are violinists Maxim Vengerov, Midori and Joseph Lendvay, pianist Evgeny Kissin, and composer Martin Panteleev.
In 1986 Justus Frantz founded the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and was its director for nine years turning it into one of the world's greatest music forums.
Justus Frantz has been awarded several television prizes of high prestige for the highly successful TV programmes that he has produced including the famous Achtung! Klassik ("Attention! Classical music").
Since 1989, Justus Frantz has been a special ambassador for the UN High Commission for Refugees and in the same year he received the German equivalent to the OBE, the Grosse Bundesverdienstkreuz.
Justus Frantz is the chief conductor of the Philharmonia of the Nations and works on a regular basis with renowned orchestras all over the world, such as the Mariinsky Orchestra in St. Petersburg, the Great Symphony Orchestra Moscow, the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra Durban, the Georgian Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia and many others.
Every summer Justus Frantz invites musicians from all over the world to his music festival Finca Festival Frantz & Friends in Monte Leone.