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Justus Schlichting

Laguna Beach, CA

Justus Schlichting’s  juvenile writing appeared in the Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biology, Clinical Chemistry, Crawdaddy, Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Newsweek. Abandoning prose for computer code, he worked for the University of California, Cal State Los Angeles, the University of Nevada, the University of Washington, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA), Hughes Aircraft, and General Dynamics. He co-founded S&S Datalink, Inc. in 1996, creating systems that processed health insurance claims for non-profit public hospitals nationwide. He retired in 2014. Mr. Schlichting earned a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University.

A lifelong attendee of classical concerts, Mr. Schlichting studied trombone for six years with Frank Crisafulli, and composition with Olly Wilson.  He recently took up the cello, a humbling experience.  In 2012, he and his wife Elizabeth began commissioning new art music.  Since 2014,  over 155 pieces they supported have premiered, with 100 to come.   Completed projects include Shared Madness (32 new works for solo violin written for Jennifer Koh), Hopscotch (an opera performed in 24 limousines cruising the streets of LA), Bridge to Beethoven (new works paired with Beethoven’s piano and violin sonatas), Anatomy Theater (an opera presenting the public execution and dissection of a British murderess), The Source (an oratorio about Chelsea Manning), Josephine Baker: A Portrait (Ojai Festival), violin concertos by Vijay Iyer, Daniel Bjarnason,  and Pierre Jalbert, In Pursuit of Flying (piano concerto by Hannah Lash for Jeremy Denk and the SPCO), and Limitless (seven composer-performer and violin  duets).  

They are excited to support emerging composers in collaboration with the Blackbird Creative Lab, the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, and the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy.  Schlichting serves on the Steering Committee of New Music Connect, and on the boards of wild Up and Yarlung Artists.  

He and his wife wish to thank the following composers, whose work they have supported: Samuel Adams, Julia Adolphe, Andy Akiho, Timo Andres, Matthew Aucoin, Artur Avanesov, Richard Barrett, Jean-Baptiste Barriere, Eve Beglarian, Nick Benavides, Derek Bermel, Lisa Bielawa, Daniel Bjarnason, Bruce Broughton, David Bruce, Dan Caputo, Christopher Cerrone, Anthony Cheung, Danny Clay, Anna Clyne, Donald Crockett, Viet Cuong, Mario Davidovsky, Jonathan Dawe, Mario Diaz de Leon, Zosha Di Castri, Bryce Dessner, James Dillon, Fjola Evans, Gabriela Lena Frank, David Fulmer, Detlev Glanert, Philip Glass, Geoffrey Gordon, Michael Gordon, Mark Grey, Marc Andre Hamelin, John Harbison, Ted Hearne, Molly Heron, Anders Hillborg, Jeffrey Holmes, Toshio Hosokawa, Armen Hyusnunts, Vijay Iyer, Pierre Jalbert, Nathalie Joachim, Jesse Jones, Gabriel Kahane, Artashes Kartalyan, Ashot Kartalyan, Mike Kelley, Phil Kline, Veronika Krausas, David Lang, Hannah Lash, Steve Lehman, Oliver Lewin, Wei-Chieh Lin, Marc Lowenstein, Wang Lu, David Ludwig, Tigran Mansourian, James Matheson, Missy Mazzoli, Matt McBane, Andrew McIntosh, Qasim Naqvi, Eric Nathan, Marc Neikrug, Andrew Norman, Carter Pann, Arvo Pärt, Gemma Peacocke, Michel Petrossian, Brendon Randall-Meyers, Ellen Reid, David Rosenboom, Christopher Rountree, Kaija Saariaho, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vahram Sargsyan, Daniel Sedgwick, Caroline Shaw, Nina, Shekhar, Sean Shepherd, Noam Sivan, Liza Sobel, Annika Socolofsky, Tyshawn Sorey, John Steinmetz, Augusta Read Thomas, Anna Thorvaldsdóttir, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Martin Ulikhanyan, Julia Wolfe, Charles Wuorinen, Du Yun, Ashot Zohrabian, Victor Zupanc