Born and raised in Kawasaki, Japan, the Swiss-Australian countertenor received his BA in vocal performance in New Orleans in 2013 and his MA in early music from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2018, under the tutelage of Xenia Meijer. A former member of the New Orleans Opera Company and of Barock Vokal, Justin Schütz’s stage experiences are equally versatile as his background.
Among others, he has taken part in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen directed by Drew Minter at the Amherst Early Music Festival, has sung Arnalta in L’incoronazione di Poppea conducted byMichael Schneider, Arsamene in Serse, and the title role in Rinaldo. As for modern repertoire, he has played Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Sébastien in Les larmes de Jacqueline, an opera composed for the project Vier Heuvels, conducted by Paul Dombrecht. Regarding solo engagements, Justin has sung in works including Carissimi’s Jonas at the Utrecht Early Music Festival, St. John Passion conducted by Sigiswald Kuijken, Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Schütz’s Musikalische exequien, and Martin’s Songs of Ariel.
Justin has sung under the baton of conductors such as Peter Dijkstra, Gary Thor Wedow, Etienne Siebens, Alfredo Bernardini, Shunsuke Sato, and Robert Lyall, in addition to working with orchestras and ensembles such as B'Rock Orchestra, Il Fondamento, and the Neumeyer Consort. He has also received coaching by internationally renowned singers and teachers, such as Bejun Mehta, Michael Chance, Andreas Scholl, Kai Wessel, Claudia Eder, Claron McFadden, Julianne Baird, and Margreet Honig, receiving praise for his wide vocal range, coloratura, and stage presence.
Justin Schütz is a prize-winner of the 2016 Euregio Vocalistenconcours and also won the Margot Kaftal Award at the 2018 Margot Kaftal Prize. He is also the recipient of the Stichting Musici van Morgen scholarship, and the beneficiary of both the Dean’s Scholarship and Music Remission Scholarship during his four years at Loyola University.
In 2019 his debut in Opera Theater in the State Opera Theater of Varna, Bulgaria, in a concert with orchestra.